Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists a disappointing begin doesn’t imply they head to Previous Trafford seeking to make a press release towards a struggling Manchester United facet.
Final season they humiliated their arch-rivals 5-0 in entrance of their very own followers after which gained 4-0 again at Anfield.
And whereas United, below new supervisor Erik ten Hag, are seemingly in better disarray than they have been final October Liverpool have additionally had teething troubles to date with two attracts already leaving them 4 factors off the tempo of Premier League champions Manchester City.
Even with out the suspended striker Darwin Nunez – Roberto Firmino educated on Thursday and is anticipated to return to the facet after lacking the draw with Crystal Palace as a precaution – Jurgen Klopp’s facet are sturdy favourites for Monday’s encounter.
However Van Dijk burdened getting their first win of the season was extra necessary than growing the distress on their northwest neighbours.
“It’s huge but it surely’s not about making a press release, we wish to win and do the whole lot that’s doable to win there,” mentioned the Netherlands captain, who dispelled hypothesis a couple of knee downside after Palace by coaching with the squad.
“Over time it has confirmed robust for us to win there, clearly final 12 months was an ideal end result, we will’t deny it.
“This 12 months they’ve had a troublesome begin and we’ve not had the perfect begin that we wished both, so it will likely be fascinating.
“They’re an excellent group in my view, they’ve good gamers all around the pitch.
“Clearly they’re not in the perfect state of affairs confidence-wise most likely, but it surely’s the right recreation to show it round for them.
“However we’re ourselves and we wish to be sure that we’re prepared for it and we’re going to work laborious this week once more.
“We created a number of possibilities [against Palace], sadly we didn’t rating [enough], however we’re standing right here with one level and that’s not what we would like.”
Regardless of the return of Firmino, Klopp’s damage disaster exhibits no indicators of abating.
A complete of eight first-team gamers are at present sidelined with defenders Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip and Calvin Ramsay, midfielders Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, ahead Diogo Jota and backup goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher all injured.
Klopp joked on Monday he thought there had been a witch on the coaching floor final week so many gamers have been unavailable however Joe Gomez appears to be like set to begin alongside Van Dijk at Previous Trafford after he was solely match sufficient to come back off the bench towards Palace however has educated this week.
Van Dijk was paired with Nat Phillips on Monday, their first outing collectively, however the Dutchman takes all of it in his stride.
“It’s a part of soccer, sadly. We have now to cope with it, recuperate now in addition to we will all of us after which we deal with United,” he added.
“It’s going to be a troublesome recreation away once more however hopefully we get some gamers again and get an excellent efficiency and simply be constructive and take into consideration successful.
“It’s a giant recreation, a recreation by itself. We’re all trying ahead to that.”