Huge transfer fee a 'compliment', says Van Dijk

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

The heavily-criticised Liverpool defence has conceded just four goals in their last 13 home league games and now have Virgil van Dijk to call on.

"Of course if you want to achieve something that's good and win titles you have to win these kind of games", Guardiola said.

He will be key as the hosts seek to make a statement of their own after City beat Liverpool 5-0 in the reverse fixture, when Sadio Mane was sent off in the first half.

"It doesn't make me nervous, it's a big compliment to myself for the hard work I've put in so far, that Liverpool are willing to pay that much money".

'This season we were able to do that but we still have to go to Anfield, to Tottenham - there are still lots of games to play.

"I met Jurgen when I was at Bayern Munich and he was always a guy who tried to play forward, and with no fear". I think the fact that the game is in Anfield does give Liverpool a slight advantage.

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has admitted that it will be a real test going to Anfield on Sunday, but it's a challenge that he is relishing, with the chance to break their 45-year voodoo on Merseyside with Sunday's crucial clash against Liverpool. That is our target, and to show courage.

"Gabriel was in Barcelona yesterday with Dr Cugat". "You have to win these kind of games". "I think he could be ready in two or three weeks for Basel in the Champions League". However, with the resources at his disposal, plus the possibility of adding even more firepower to his ranks this month, the 4/1 (5.0) could be an interesting bet over the course of the next few months.

City, still in the hunt for four trophies this term, could also become the first team to win a top-flight match at Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in the same season since Wimbledon in 1986-87.

City are top the English league with 62 points, 15 points clear of rivals Manchester United who are second on the league with 47 points.

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.

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