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Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool have earned Manchester City's respect

Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool have earned Manchester City's respect”

Despite being gifted the opportunity to grab all three points at their title challenger's home ground, only for Riyad Mahrez to miss a late penalty, Pep Guardiola will undoubtedly be the happier of the two managers after claiming a point. "You always say champions win or pick points up when they're not playing well, Liverpool isn't at their best at the moment". Riyad was taking them great in training all week and had the courage to step up.

"He's deflated, if it was me I'd be the same".

"Obviously they were a bit cautious of the way we played and I think we have earned that respect", Van Dijk told reporters.

I am expecting City and Liverpool to fight it out, with Chelsea the only other team who can challenge for the title - though for that to happen, a lot depends on Eden Hazard.

City pasted Liverpool 5-0 in their first league clash last season, but the Reds enjoyed the rub of the green after that with a 4-3 victory at Anfield and would go on to defeat the Citizens 5-1 over two legs in the Champions League quarter-final. "In the training session he shoots ideal penalties, and ok this sometimes happens so at the end it is what it is".

Ramsey himself started it with a flick to take possession, with further flicks and fine passes in the free flowing move from Lacazette, Hector Bellerin, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, before the Welshman arrived in the penalty area to finish.

That's exactly what we got.

But the Egypt worldwide snatched at the chance with the confidence of a player with one goal in his last eight matches. In fact, I am still not sure they will make it into the top four. Where City have faced a fixture against a team just promoted from the Championship (Wolves, Fulham and Cardiff), last season's data has been taken from the fixture against the team relegated to make way for them (Swansea, West Brom and Stoke). We defend so well as a team; it starts from the front with the work-rate they put in.

"A clean sheet at Anfield is not something you can do very often".

"I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the hard games which we have against mid-table and lower teams", the centre-half said.

Virgil van Dijk, meanwhile, will join up with Holland's squad for their game against Germany even though he has admitted the rib injury he suffered against Southampton on September 22 has been a source of great pain.

"Not smart to dive in there, it was a penalty", the Liverpool defender said to Sky Sports.

"I said that to the referee afterwards as well".

"We were so defensively solid".



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