Virgil van Dijk insists Liverpool are going to Old Trafford on Sunday to secure all 3 points, but warns that Manchester United could bounce back to winning ways at any time despite their injury problems.
Goalkeeper David De Gea is a doubt but has so far refused to rule himself out of Sunday’s game, his status should become clearer later today when further test results on his groin injury come back. United are expected to be without Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw. Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are also injured while Solskjaer also has injury concerns over Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Van Dijk, however, believes United will use the high profile fixture to try and get back on track, but he insists he and the rest of his team-mates are only focused on themselves.
“For them, it is not the ideal situation to lose your first-choice goalkeeper, one of the best in the world, and one of their main midfielders,” said the Liverpool defender.
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“They will be disappointed, but for us, we just want to focus on ourselves. They want to bounce back for all they’ve done this season and it’s not what they’ve wanted so far, but we want to go out there and extend our points tally and keep winning.
“They’re not in the best way, they’re not fully confident and they’re not in the situation they want to be in. But the good thing about football is you can bounce back in any game. They might think this is the best occasion to bounce back from it but we know that. We want to go out and fight for every metre on the pitch and try and take the three points back to Liverpool.
“It’s massive, but it’s more massive for the fans. I think all of the Champions League games are as big as this. The whole atmosphere and leading to the actual game is bigger than some other games but I don’t think it’s the biggest of the season. The big ones are the Champions League and the ones that are hopefully going to win us the Premier League title.”
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