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

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

Liverpool have come off the back of a hard run of fixtures against Chelsea twice, Napoli and Manchester City in three different competitions, with defeats coming in the EFL Cup to the Blues and in the Champions League against the Italian side.

The 24-year-old, who is now on worldwide duty with Brazil ahead of their friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Argentina, is yet to start a single game for Liverpool in the Premier League so far this season.

He has entered the final two years of his Liverpool contract but sources have said discussions about a new deal are yet to begin. When you're playing well, the big clubs will start coming.

"Obviously they were a bit cautious of the way we played and I think we have earned that respect", he told reporters.

There is no getting away from it, Liverpool's first meeting of the season with Manchester City did not even come close to the blockbuster clashes of last season.

"At 85 minutes you get a bit worn out, and that moment goes by in a split second and I made a decision to dive in, which is not what I would normally do".

"I see him every day in the training sessions, I see him every day practice penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence", said Guardiola after he instructed Gabriel Jesus, who earlier replaced regular penalty taker Sergio Aguero, to hand the ball to Mahrez.

"In that situation they are much better than us".

Liverpool FC's stalemate with Manchester City in Sunday's late kick-off to leave duo level on points with Chelsea FC in the top three positions after eight games.

"We've had a great start to the season and we want to keep it going". "I'm so comfortable (with) the performance we have done".

After starting the season with seven straight victories, Liverpool have now failed to win any of their past four matches.