Virgil van Dijk on the games which will define Liverpool’s title bid


Virgil van Dijk on the games which will define Liverpool’s title bid

"It was a decision I made and hopefully it will be the last time I make that decision at that time".

Furthermore, he is yet to play a single minute in the Premier League - but Fabinho insists he is getting to grips with life in England.

They certainly have not been as easy on the eye as in previous years but I don't think that will bother their manager Mauricio Pochettino too much.

The worldwide break now arrives for Liverpool following a run of seven fixtures in 23 days that included encounters with City, Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Napoli. I watched the game on the flight back. "We already knew it would happen", Wijnaldum, who started six of those seven matches, told

Now? Jose Mourinho's side are nowhere near.

A more reasonably hard and reasonably spaced-out set of games can see the reds return to playing with the zip of a month ago and keep their title challenge on track.

And "Inside Anfield" has shown a similar embrace just seconds before Liverpool and Man City took to the pitch last weekend.

Hazard was once again at his imperious best to net his seventh league goal and remain this season's top scorer.

I also have my concerns about Sarri's side defensively, namely with David Luiz playing in a four-man defence.

With Chelsea making up ground by winning 3-0 at Southampton, the league's three unbeaten teams go into the global break locked together on 20 points.

Both managers approached the game as if it was an important one in the title race. "But they still pressed and still tried to play their game".

"You can not ignore City in the preparation for a City game", Klopp said.

And to match City, Liverpool must be ruthless against "lesser" opponents.

Pep Guardiola said his gameplan was to control possession and avoid losing the ball in areas where Liverpool could counterattack through Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané.

We have not seen that approach from Guardiola before, but if Riyad Mahrez's late penalty had gone in, his gameplan would have worked to perfection. Manchester City got the biggest chance to seal the game when Lorey Sane was knocked down by Virgil van Dijk in his own penalty area and the Cityzens' were handed a spot kick.

Yet the Dutchman is adamant the real test is only just starting.



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