Cunningham’s side have lost two of their first three games of the 2016 season, including a sobering 38-12 defeat to Syndey Roosters in the World Club Series.
Despite this, the 39 year-old has revealed the current crop of Saints is a step above sides that have played at Langtree Park in recent years.
“It’s stronger than the squad that won the trophy in 2014, a lot stronger – I’m more than convinced,” Cunningham told BBC Radio Merseyside.
“People look back and talk about the old Saints sides, you’re not going to see that side. Nowadays, if a St Helens side was around, when you’ve had Sean Long, Keiron Cunningham, Paul Sculthorpe, Paul Wellens, then you’d have a bunch of stocking fillers around them because of the salary cap.
“The value of those players now would be immense and you’d spend a lot of money to bring it in. We do our best within the remit of what we can do with the money that we have to spend.”