Manchester City Signing Players They Don't Need?

Virgil van Dijk insists he is unfazed by his world-record pricetag for a defender

Virgil van Dijk insists he is unfazed by his world-record pricetag for a defender

The megabucks transfer of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona has sway over a couple of English Premier League lines - one immediate, one long-range. But there are so many games - so everyone is going to get games.

Manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed Salah, as it stands, is back in contention to feature in the weekend's highly-anticipated clash against unbeaten Premier League pace-setters Manchester City. They now sit an incredible 15 points clear.

And there is the question that has remained unanswered, four months after their last meeting: can Liverpool find a way of inflicting a first defeat this season on City's strongest side? They've scored nine in their last three home games against Premier League opposition, beating Swansea, Leicester, and Everton.

"Hopefully we can do better than last season".

Coutinho has earned his dream move after distinguishing himself as a world-class attacker at Liverpool but has now left a gaping hole in the Reds' attack. They have been bolstered by the return of Mohamed Salah to team training during the week, with the Egyptian expected to be fit to start. He'll need to continue his scoring run if the Reds are to challenge City tomorrow.

Virgil van Dijk has told Sky Sports that his world-record price tag does not make him "nervous" and he considers Liverpool's £75 million spend on him to be a "compliment". With the Premier League all but decided at this early stage and they have one foot in the Carabao Cup final having beaten Bristol City 2-1 in the semi-final first leg on Tuesday.

The Liverpool centre-back is ready to make his Premier League debut for his new club
The Liverpool centre-back is ready to make his Premier League debut for his new club

Liverpool may have already been involved in the most high profile transfer of the January window but if they are to lose another player then clubs will have to come forward with good money for Daniel Sturridge. The focus, however, will be on how the Reds react to Coutinho's loss. Arsène Wengers men have won just three of their 11 away games in the League this season and may again have to settle for a point. Gabriel Jesus is out too with a knee injury. David Silva might also miss because of personal reasons. They have lost just twice so far - the lowest number of defeats in the Premier League this season (not including Man City).

The England hitman is way down the pecking order at Anfield and has informed Jurgen Klopp he wants out this month.

With Pep Guardiola reportedly close to signing Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez - whether it be now or in the summer - it seems City, backed by Sheikh Mansour's billions, have a greater pulling power.

Klopp will look to try and keep the pressure off his defence in the same way they did when they beat Arsenal 4-0 earlier in the season.

Since his arrival it has become clear why Pep Guardiola signed him and the 24-year-old, who combines unmatched distribution with good shot-stopping ability, has since gone on to make his Brazil debut.

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