Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Virgil van Dijk: Man City’s tactics were a compliment to Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk: Man City’s tactics were a compliment to Liverpool

City had the golden chance when substitute Leroy Sane was too quick for the normally flawless Virgil van Dijk and this time Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot.

All three have yet to lose a match this season but while Liverpool have been touted as the main challengers to City, Chelsea have shown they deserve to be in the conversation.

"Mahrez hasn't hit the ground running at Manchester City - he's not been wonderful since joining and he's fighting with some really good players to get into the team".

"It was seven massive games and I'm really happy with what the boys made out of it, now we have to hope they come back [from the upcoming worldwide break] healthy and then we go to Huddersfield".

Any prolonged lay-off however would be a major blow for Liverpool as they look to keep up their flying start to the season and repeat their European heroics.

Last season, City conceded seven goals in two games against Liverpool at Anfield in the league and Champions League; something had to change and there was a distinct difference to the way his team approached this fixture. "He is a coach who demands a lot from his players, not only in matches but also on a daily basis in training".

Jurgen Klopp's men played out a 0-0 draw with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday, with Riyad Mahrez missing a late penalty for the visitors.

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"We played City now very often and they are just outstanding".

This was punished in Italy when Napoli stole a win in the dying minutes and the same thing nearly happened at Anfield but Riyad Mahrez's terrible penalty kick let the Merseysiders off the hook.

Liverpool played out a 0-0 draw with Champions Man City yesterday, meaning that both teams and Chelsea sit joint top of the table on 20 points as we head into the global break.

Sterling has started the season superbly and has four goals and two assists in six Premier League games, the 23-year-old is playing some of the best football of his career and don't be surprised if he scored against his former club.

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"Obviously I'm not that happy", he told reporters. This hasn't impacted Liverpool's results so far, but it's a growing concern for Klopp.

The City boss said: "If you play so quick they are much better than us". Joining City and Liverpool is Chelsea, winners on Sunday over Southampton 3-0.

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