Liverpool pose test of Manchester City's bid for immortality

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists the £75m price tag is a big compliment to his hard work and does not make him nervous

Pep Guardiola has become the first manager to win the Premier League Manager of the Month award in four successive months.

Their 5-0 thrashing at City earlier in the season was Klopp's heaviest defeat in all competitions as Reds boss, and his joint-heaviest ever managerial loss. For us it's a real test, going to Anfield, one of the most prestigious stadiums and teams in the world so we'll try to put on a good performance, it's a big game for us. The arrival of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m was met with a mixture of joy and relief from the club's supporters, but the departure of Philippe Coutinho has left a Brazilian-maestro-shaped hole in the final third.

Guardiola said: "He was (this week) in Barcelona and the news is quite good".

When you take into account that Liverpool defeated Manchester City at Anfield just over 12 months ago and City have not won at this ground for 15 years, can you really make Guardiola's men favourites for this game, despite their results?

"You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is awesome".

"This season at Stamford Bridge we were able to do that but still we have to go to Anfield, to Emirates and against Tottenham". City had enough chances to win that game, but you can say that about any match they play in and home teams are finding more solutions to being able to compete when they welcome the North-West outfit to their own backyard.


"I met Jurgen when I was at Bayern Munich and he was always a guy who tried to play forward, and with no fear".

"But Liverpool is such an important game", Guardiola added. That is our target, and to show courage.

"I think in two, three weeks, hopefully the day against Basel, the Champions League game, (he) could be fit, could be ready". This kind of game shows your mentality.

Arsenal's 49 games in 2003-2004 is now top, followed by Nottingham Forest's 42 in 1977-1978, Chelsea with 40 in 2004-2005, Leeds's 34 in 1968-1969 and Liverpool's 31 in 1987-1988.

"I think in two, three weeks he will be ready again with us". "If I was my players I wouldn't want my manager talking about other things".

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