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Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk excited by Man City Champions League tie

  • Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday to continue their good form
  • But they have a quick turnaround ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League tie
  • Virgil van Dijk has admitted he is looking forward to facing Manchester City

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is relishing the prospect of taking on Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final next week.

Goals from forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah helped the Merseyside club come back from a goal down to seal a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday in manager Jurgen Klopp’s 100th league game in the Premier League.

Liverpool have little time to savour their win, however, as they return to action on Wednesday when they face Premier League leaders City at Anfield in Europe’s elite club competition.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk starred as the Reds beat Crystal Palace on Saturday

But they have a quick turnaround ahead of their game against Manchester City on Wednesday

But they have a quick turnaround ahead of their game against Manchester City on Wednesday

‘I’m looking forward to it. I think every player wants to play these games. We will prepare well and be ready for it,’ Van Dijk told LiverpoolFC.com.

Liverpool could be without the injured Adam Lallana for the visit of City after the midfielder was forced off the pitch three minutes after coming on as a substitute against Palace.

Klopp later described Lallana’s muscle injury as ‘a big, big blow.’

Defender Joe Gomez is also out of the game after suffering ankle ligament damage on international duty with England last Friday, limping off in the friendly against the Netherlands.

Liverpool are third in the league with 66 points, five points ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Van Dijk admitted he was looking forward to the encounter at Anfield on Wednesday night

Van Dijk admitted he was looking forward to the encounter at Anfield on Wednesday night

 

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