The Liverpool FC problem with Man Citys fixtures nightmare – Manchester Evening News

The Liverpool FC problem with Man City\s fixtures nightmare - Manchester Evening News

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Virgil van Dijk believes Porto will be a “difficult team to play against” when the Champions League resumes next month.

The Liverpool centre-back may have been on international duty as captain of the Netherlands this week but he has been asked about Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Klopp had to be patient in his pursuit of the former Celtic defender after Southampton threatened to report Liverpool FC to the FA over their attempts to sign Van Dijk in the 2017 summer transfer window.

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Van Dijk played the full 90 minutes in each of Holland’s last two games – scoring in the 4-0 win over Belarus, whilst enduring a tougher evening in the 3-2 defeat to Germany.

I do actually. With the performances he has given this year I think hes been the best player in the Premier League. Ill be surprised if he doesnt win PFA Player of the Year.

Asked about Liverpool’s season Van Dijk told reporters: With Liverpool, we are where we want to be. Everything is positive.

When he first signed there were maybe raised eyebrows at the amount but if somebody offered you double now you probably wouldnt take it, thats how good he has been.

We are in the race for the Premier League, and in the race for the Champions League. It is going to be very tough but we will challenge until the end in both of those competitions.

Liverpool FC had an inconsistent defence that was one of the worst in the top six before Van Dijk’s arrival in a £75m deal from Southampton in January 2018.

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Liverpool are top of the Premier League table, with Man City two points back with a game in hand, while Porto, who are the tournament outsiders, await in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Netherlands international has been attracting a lot of praise for his composed performances at the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s defence this term.

The experience Liverpool had in getting to the Champions League final last year will help, but it doesnt guarantee anything this season.

Liverpool FC made Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world when the Reds swooped to sign the Dutch star from Southampton almost 15 months ago.

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People are saying that Porto is the easiest draw ever – but they are a very difficult team to play against. They are not in the quarter-finals for no reason, and we have to be ready for them.

Van Dijk has managed to raise the performance levels of his team-mates as Liverpool FC challenge Manchester City for the Premier League crown.

The £75million defender is the bookmakers’ favourite for the PFA Player of the Year award, but he is calm about all the hype.

Its nice if people talk about me for Player of the Season – there are a few players who have doing outstandingly well in the Premier League.

Weve heard from almost everyone that Mo Salah is struggling, yet no other player in England has more goal involvements than the Egyptian in the Premier League and the Champions League…

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LIVERPOOL have one perfect player in their ranks according to former Reds goalkeeper Sander Westerveld.

Theres also the possibility well face them in the Champions League, providing they get past Barcelona and we beat FC Porto – only one of which is likely to happen.

The ex-Netherlands international bestowed the high praise on £66.8m stopper Alisson ahead of his former sides crunch clash with Tottenham this weekend.

Weve also heard how Jurgen Klopp has struggled since the New Year, while the manager of our most bitter rival Manchester United, Ole Gunner Solksjaer, has flourished.

Manager Jurgen Klopp broke the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper when he signed the Brazilian gloveman from Roma last summer.

This is a stupid tweet tbh. Like Liverpools wins and losses would affected by Solskjærs appointment?? You people should tweet sensible jokes

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The record was subsequently demolished again when Chelsea splashed £71.6m on Kepa Arrizabalaga just one month later.

But there appears little doubt that Liverpool have had better value for money than their Premier League rivals.

Its weird the kind of agendas the media can spin about whether certain teams and players are doing well.

Alisson has had an outstanding season in the Reds goal, keeping 20 clean sheets in 39 games played while conceding just 26 goals.

Even if things get rough on the pitch however, they are keeping it smooth off the field as James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum and Trent Alexander-Arnold – along with manager Jurgen Klopp – star in a new advert.

Reds defender Virgil van Dijk has been spoken about as a Player of the Year candidate, but it seems that Alisson would get Westerwelds vote.

“We used to have perfect goalkeepers with the likes of [Manuel] Neuer. If you look at styles of goalkeepers, Neuer has everything.

“He comes and takes crosses, he’s amazing with his feet and the most important thing is he makes important saves at important moments.

“Again, you need a little bit of luck as a goalkeeper but I think he is probably one of the top goalkeepers we have in the world at the moment.

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“In fact, not probably, he is one of the best top two goalkeepers in the world I would say.”

Liverpool sit atop the Premier League with just seven games left to play, but Klopps side must deal with the pressure of defending champions Manchester City lurking just two points back.

Alisson will be looking to keep Harry Kane and co. at bay when Tottenham visit Anfield on Sunday (4.30pm).

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