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Van Dijk insists Liverpool dont need a rest aread of crunch Man City clash

Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk insists his side do not need a rest ahead of their crunch clash with Manchester City on Thursday night.

The league leaders travel to The Etihad to face the champions holding a seven point advantage over Pep Guardiola’s side, and a win would put the Liverpool in a commanding position in this season’s title race.

A busy December period saw Jurgen Klopp’s side win all eight of their fixtures, culminating in Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal, and Van Dijk insists the squad are prepared despite their hectic schedule.

“I don’t need to rest. Everyone wants to play every game,” Van Dijk told liverpoolfc.com.

“It’s not like you want to sit on the bench or be in the stand. I just go with it. As long as I’m fit and feel all right then I just keep going and playing.”

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“We can now focus on the City game. Before we didn’t do that. Arsenal had been playing pretty well this season so we had to stay focused on them, not think about City,”

“We have finished 2018 now pretty well and hopefully we can keep that going.

“City is a game that we want to win. It will be very hard, very tough, but for them as well. It’s going be a good match, but it is not a decisive game or something like that. We are not going to treat it different to any other.

“We will be prepared for a very tough game. Confidence is definitely here, but it can change over a couple of games. We won’t get carried away. We need to keep doing what we have been doing.

“There will be setbacks, as there always is in life, but it’s how you react and so far we have been doing pretty well.

“There are things to improve, but we are top of the league, still in the Champions League, and we are doing well, we just need to keep going.”

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