Huge transfer fee a 'compliment', says Van Dijk

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

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".

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.

Pep Guardiola's side are unbeaten in their last 30 fixtures in the Premier League, but that is not to say that a Liverpool side minus their former star man can not end their hopes of being forever known as City's invincibles.

'Of course if you want to achieve something that's good and win titles you have to win these kind of games, ' he said.

"It's interesting to play against City". A return by Sadio Mane to his form of last season is now a must. However, this is a contest where Klopp and his players can show that they are more than just a team who can score half-a-dozen strikes against any opposition and there will probably never be a better time to face the current top-flight leaders.

"This season we were able to do that but we still have to go to Anfield, to Tottenham - there are still lots of games to play".

Virgil van Dijk chose the No 4 jersey in part because of Sami Hyypia
GETTYVirgil van Dijk chose the No 4 jersey in part because of Sami Hyypia

If you take a more in-depth look into the stats, you can also see that a pattern is emerging with when and how City concede their goals.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are unbeaten since October this season and have won their last three Premier League games, plus the FA Cup derby victory over Everton last time out. "You need to show up".

But to do that City must end their wretched run at Anfield, where they are without a win since 2003, a run of 16 matches in all competitions. I think the fact that the game is in Anfield does give Liverpool a slight advantage.

They thrashed 10-man Liverpool 5-0 in the reverse fixture at the Etihad early in the season.

Bournemouth host Arsenal and Liverpool welcome Manchester City to Anfield in what should be a fantastic Sunday of soccer.

Probability of away win: 45%.

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