Tuesday , June 22 2021

Liverpool can do little to influence Manchester City's progress – Virgil Van Dijk

Defender Virgil Van Dijk is insisting that Liverpool remain no matter what defends the Manchester City champion, as there is little that they can do to influence the progress of the Premier League leader.

Last season, Pep Guardiola reduced only 14 points during the entire campaign, only Red Star and Manchester United won the league.

United could not do his archbishop's service and repeat his victory at Etihad Stadium after losing his derby on Sunday, which means after 12 games, only Liverpool and Wolves managed to make a dent – based on a draw – in the Citi's Succession Premier League victory.

This means that the champions at the top of the table are two points from the team of Jurgen Kloppa, with goal difference of 13 already superior, going to international break.

In order to have a chance to take Citi, Liverpool needed help from other teams in the Premier League, who took points, but Van Dijk said that this was not something they are currently bothered with.

"They are champions and the best team in the league, but we will try everything to make it as good as possible," said the Dutch captain.

"We do not have to watch others, we want to look at the games we have and the next challenge we have in Liverpool is Watford, which will be difficult.

"The season is very long, they will not win in every game of 5-0 and will have heavy matches like everyone else.

"We have to look at what we have in front of us, and that's more important than looking at someone else, that's the only way forward."

Liverpool quickly returned to the top of the table with a 2-0 win against Fulham in a Sunday early start to raise the dark in the middle of Sunday's defeat of the Champions League in Red Star Belgrade.

Ksherdan Shakiri, who was left out of traveling to Serbia, was an architect with a lot of exhibitions, and also a goal that doubled his advantage.

Swiss international added another dimension in the middle of Liverpool, and Van Dijk said that 27-year contributions were important, especially in tight matches.

"He plays well, he works hard as everyone else and when he gets his chance, he works well," he added.

"He has achieved, but it is quite important in the last few games he has included, which is good for all of us.

"Shakiri is a guy with different qualities and – with a left foot – it's always dangerous."

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is under pressure still optimistic despite losing the seventh time.

Their credit has created many chances at Anfield, but at the bottom of the table in the two weeks of international breaks, there will only be speculations about the future of managers.

"We showed that we can play organized and be solid against one really complex team," said the head of Cottagers.

"I left the place unhappy with the result and the defeat, but with some positive sensation.

"We've made half a step ahead and if the team shows the desire and organization and a positive way to find better performance, we can find a better solution."– Press Association

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