Liverpool star, Virgil van Dijk, has warned Sheffield United that there will be no taking the foot off the gas from his Reds teammates.
The Blades travel to Anfield to face van Dijk and Liverpool on Thursday. After losing their unbeaten away record at Manchester City this week, Chris Wilder’s men will be hoping to get back on track.
Wilder, though, will know the tough task ahead of him and his team. Liverpool are unbeaten all season and have only dropped points once, against Manchester United.
And ahead of the clash, Dutch centre-back van Dijk has insisted Liverpool won’t be relenting any time soon.
“Obviously last year we have seen that anything can happen and this year we just focus on the game ahead of us,” van Dijk said (Sheffield Star).
“We will see at the end when it will be decided, hopefully in our favour.”
The Blades ran the Reds close at Bramall Lane earlier in the campaign. In fact, if it wasn’t for a Dean Henderson howler, the scoreline might have been slightly different.
Since then, United have lost only two more Premier League games. Those defeats came at home to Newcastle and this week’s 2-0 loss at City.
Rotation and tough schedule
The World Club Championship, which Liverpool won, has had a big bearing on Jurgen Klopp’s squad selection. He knows his players will be feeling the heat as we head into winter.
But van Dijk insists the Reds players are enjoying the challenge and hard work they’re having to put in.
“We enjoy the hard work too, so that is very good. Hopefully, we can just keep going doing that and just be hungry for that as well. We are halfway through now and we hope to finish the season on a high. So for that, we have to focus on the game ahead of us,” he added.
The giant Dutchman has been in imperious form since arriving at Anfield from Southampton. His performances have garnered worldwide attention and he only just missed out on the World Player of the Year award.
Sheffield United will be hoping for van Dijk and his Liverpool teammates to have an off day as they kick-off 2020.