Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk admits he is looking forward to Sunday’s “massive” clash with Manchester United, but suggested only the fans claim it as the biggest game of the season. The Reds come into it 15 points ahead of their old rivals, looking to maintain their eight-point lead atop the Premier League as well as their stunning 100% record.
Jürgen Klopp’s men are the favourites for the title, meaning they could lift it for the first time in the Premier League era. Their last first division title was in 1990, but there are a lot of people who believe they are as strong as they have been since then. By contrast, United, who have lifted 13 titles since Liverpool’s last, are really struggling after their worst start to a season for three decades.
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Van Dijk maintains everyone is focussed on the game and suggests the build up is more intense than normal, but dismissed the notion it is the biggest game of the season. According to him, it is more important for the fans and their bragging rights.
“It’s massive, but it’s more massive for the fans. I think all of the Champions League games are as big as this.
“The whole atmosphere and leading to the actual game is bigger than some other games but I don’t think it’s the biggest of the season.”
Liverpool lifted the Champions League title last year and will also be looking to defend that crown this season, but there is a belief that this year is all about ending the wait for domestic success.
Early slip ups for Manchester City this season have really stoked the fire of hope, but considering the way they lost out to City last season, they will certainly be wary of getting ahead of themselves. All efforts will be geared towards beating United at Old Trafford this weekend.