Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk: £75m price tag 'a big compliment'

Why Liverpool have best chance of ending Manchester City’s unbeaten domestic run

Why Liverpool have best chance of ending Manchester City’s unbeaten domestic run

"I think he could be ready in two or three weeks for Basel in the Champions League".

Van Dijk, though, says his price tag has little bearing on his commitment in training and on match days, telling Sky Sports: "It [his price tag] doesn't make me nervous, it's a big compliment to myself for the hard work I've put in so far, that Liverpool are willing to pay that much money".

"You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is unbelievable". Hopefully we can do better than last season.

Gaurdiola spoke about Man City's trip to face Liverpool at Anfield, saying, "Liverpool is such an important game; to realize again if we are able to do big things in this season, in important stages, in the Champions League".

The striker went to Barcelona on Thursday to visit knee specialist Dr Ramon Cugat having suffered medial collateral ligament damage against Crystal Palace on New Year's Eve.

"To see ourselves, when we arrive in Basel, knockout games - how is our behaviour?"

Pep Guardiola has beaten off competition from rivals, Jurgen Klopp, Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce, Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino to win Premier League Manager of the Month for December.

"They are playing at Anfield - I'm not expecting a team that will wait for what is happening - I'm pretty sure he will try and make his own game and I think it will be a good game". A return by Sadio Mane to his form of last season is now a must.

Their 5-0 defeat by Manchester City earlier in the season was Jurgen Klopp's heaviest defeat in all competitions as Reds manager, and his joint-heaviest ever managerial loss (Mainz were beaten 6-1 by Werder Bremen in October 2006). That is our target, and to show courage.

The Citizens are still on course for a possible quadruple of trophies and an unbeaten run in the Premier League which has seen them open up a 15-point gap at the top, The Reds have already felt the wrath of City's power with their5-0 thrashing at The Etihad Stadiumearlier in the season. "You have to win these kind of games". "He's more mature, and of course he has to be calm and play the game he has to play".

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