Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has said that his side should not fret over Manchester City’s title challenge and should continue with their good run of form in the Premier League. The Reds are currently one of three teams including Manchester City and Chelsea, who are unbeaten in the league this season, though they are trailing the former by two points at the top of the table.
Speaking in a press conference, Virgil van Dijk highlighted that the Citizens are the best team in the league but the Reds would do their best to outsmart them to the top of the standings, he said:“They are the champions and the best team in the league but we will try everything to be as good as we can.
“We shouldn’t look at others, we want to look at the games we have and the next challenge we have at Liverpool is Watford away, which is going to be tough. The season is very long. They (City) are not going to win every game 5-0 and are going to have tough games like everyone else. “We need to look at what we have ahead of us and that is more important than looking at someone else. It is the only way forward.”
Liverpool legend Kevin Keegan reckons that it is extremely difficult for Jurgen Klopp to guide Liverpool to a first Premier league title largely due to the lack of experience when going up against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City. The Reds are at the top of the league table after the first seven games of the campaign, but they are placed alongside Manchester City and Chelsea. Both clubs have been able to enjoy league success in recent years while Liverpool have been unable to win even cup competitions of late. The lack of success for the majority of the Liverpool players means that they are unlikely to stay calm and composed when the going gets tough in the league table.
Keegan won numerous titles with Liverpool as a player but he was unable to enjoy the same kind of success as a manager. He former Liverpool forward came close to winning the league title while with Newcastle towards the turn of the century. Back then, his Newcastle team finished second best to Manchester United largely due to a lack of experience – both on the part of the manager and players. Klopp has enjoyed relative success back in Germany that his failures in the cup competitions like the Champions League final does weigh heavily upon him.
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has hit out at Manchester United legend Gary Neville after he made needless comments about the Reds earlier in the week. The United hero had recently suggested that the Merseyside outfit should forget about the Champions League for the current campaign and this has supposedly not gone well with the Reds manager.
Speaking ahead of the Spurs game, Klopp was not impressed with the opinion of the former England international and stressed that he would play the best team possible during the forthcoming European campaign, he said: “How should that work? What do we do? Not play Champions League or what? Gary should come over and tell me how that exactly works. How do you prepare a game when you don’t focus on it. You bring your kids in the Champions League, that would be funny. “A lot of people watch our games when we pay Champions League and that’s our job that we do the best we can do in these games.”
Senegal international Sadio Mane is keen to do something special with Liverpool this term. The Reds have made progress under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp but they have not been successful in securing a trophy after losing in the finals of the League Cup, Europa League, and Champions League respectively over the past three years.
Speaking to Marca, Mane admitted that the club are keen on changing those fortunes and the Premier League remains their key target after strengthening the squad further during the summer, he said: “It is a great challenge, and it is true that we have won trophies, but not the Premier League. It's part of this game and we have to fix it this year.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised the qualities of Christian Pulisic after the teenager starred for Borussia Dortmund during their recent comeback triumph over the Reds. Klopp’s side took an early lead during their International Champions Cup game against Dortmund and they went into the break with the advantage.
However, they could not capitalise on their chances following the interval and this eventually saw them succumb to a 3-1 defeat. Following the game, Klopp spoke highly about the potential of Pulisic, who changed the complexion of the friendly with two second-half goals, he said: “He's a fantastic skilled boy, and it's not a surprise to see.