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‘We just have to go for it’ – Van Dijk urges Liverpool to enjoy being top of the Premier League

Virgil van Dijk has urged Liverpool to enjoy their position as Premier League leaders and says the club ‘have to go for it’ as they bid to end the club’s title drought this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have enjoyed a perfect start to the new campaign, winning eight successive fixtures to open up an eight-point advantage over defending champions Manchester City.

The club will look to continue their fine recent form with a trip to arch-rivals Manchester United this weekend, knowing a win will equal City’s record of 18 consecutive Premier League victories.

Van Dijk admits his side have been pleased with their start, but has warned that City are ‘not going away’, urging his Liverpool teammates to give everything to bring more success to Anfield.

“I don’t think we have anything to lose,” Van Dijk told Sky Sports.

“Man City are the champions, they’re defending their title and we want to get it. In my point of view, we just have to go for it.

“The pressure gets bigger, but that comes from the media. They love to put more pressure on us and that’s something we have to deal with. I don’t mind because I’m not thinking about what other people say, I just want to win every game that is ahead of me.

“We definitely need to enjoy it [being top of the Premier League] and be full of confidence, especially with the way we’ve got these points, having not had the best games but still getting the wins.

“There are so many games left, you can’t really think about it [winning the title] – it’s not realistic. We shouldn’t and we don’t, but it’s the better situation to be in.

“I don’t watch Man City’s games but I have family and friends who text me or say something, especially after the Wolves game [when City lost 2-0]. That’s just part of life but we’ve learnt from last year that we don’t have to look to the others until the end of the campaign. So far, we have been doing well but Man City are definitely not going away.

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“The hunger [to win trophies] is even more than it was before [winning the Champions League]. Everyone wants to experience it again. It was such a fantastic evening with the whole build-up and everything that started with the game against Barcelona at home

“We all have dreams, we all have targets. With the Champions League last year, we all started the competition hoping to win it and it’s the same with the Premier League. Hopefully it’ll happen this year but if not, we go again next year.”

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