Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has been singing the praises of Southampton on Sky Sports.
The Saints are having a truly great season and are now genuine contenders for a top-four finish in the Premier League this campaign.
After 22 rounds of matches, Southampton find themselves third in the league table with 42 points from 22 matches, two points above fourth-placed Manchester United and just five behind second-placed and defending English champions Manchester City.
Southampton continued their positive start to the New Year on Saturday when they got the better of Newcastle United 2-1 away from home in the Premier League.
It was not the best of performances from Ronald Koeman’s side, but they deservedly picked up the three points at St. James’ Park and were very professional in their approach.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher was impressed with what he saw of the Saints against Newcastle and told Sky Sports: “They look like a proper unit.
“Even though (Victor) Wanyama and (Morgan) Schneiderlin were injured, you didn’t notice it because everyone goes in to try and do a similar sort of job and everyone knows their role.
“There’s obviously a lot of work on the training ground that goes into this, as they’re a very organised team.
“They haven’t got the best defenders or the best central midfielders we’ve seen, but as a unit they’re so difficult to break down.”
Southampton do not have a superstar or a bunch of world-class players, but they are a well-drilled team who know how to get results.
Koeman’s signings have played well so far this season, and the players who were already at the club have stepped up their game.
Some would still doubt the Saints’ credentials and are probably still waiting for the bubble to burst, but Southampton now need to be taken seriously.
Southampton came through the festive period with positive results and are in a better position for a top-four finish than many of the bigger teams, such as Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Perhaps individually the Southampton players are not as good as those at United, Arsenal or Spurs, but as a team they have certainly been better.
The Premier League table proves that.