Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk insists £75m price tag is a compliment

Emre Can of Liverpool and team mates congratulate Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool as he scores their second goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool

Van Dijk enjoyed a dream Liverpool debut with an 84th-minute headed victor against Everton in the FA Cup third round last Friday night.

Going the entire league season unbeaten is an unlikely feat, even if you are a great team.

Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield in what should be this weekend's most exciting game. A return by Sadio Mane to his form of last season is now a must. City are 3-2-0 in their last five away games in all competitions.

While behind closed doors negotiations are raging on to get Naby Keita to Merseyside six months ahead of schedule, Liverpool must take on the might of City with no like-for-like replacement for Coutinho.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has set a Premier League record by being named manager of the month four consecutive times.

He made 234 appearances for the Reds and was part of the team that famously won the Champions League in 2004, although he will probably be most widely remembered by Liverpool fans for nearly breaking the net with this thunderbastard of a free-kick against the Anfield club's arch rivals Man United. By this point, Alexis Sanchez could be playing for a team in Manchester (not necessarily City!), though, and from a pure talent standpoint, Arsenal simply doesn't hold a candle to City.

He has the work-rate and tenacity to give Salah a run for his money, though there is no room for error in the boiling cauldron of atmosphere that will be Anfield on Sunday.

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City's defence have not been challenged like that this season.

The defending champions won't be repeating, but that doesn't mean they can't have a say in the manner in which they concede the title.

Earlier this week, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted he was interested in Van Dijk prior to his move to Anfield, while Manchester City were long-stand admirers.

Expect a right old game of football on Sunday featuring two of England most exciting, attacking teams. Chelsea has totally dominated this head-to-head series in recent years with a 12-1-1 record in its last 14 games against Leicester.

The Reds may have lost star midfielder Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in midweek but still boast a strong team and history puts them in a strong position to beat City this weekend - Liverpool haven't lost to the Sky Blues at home in 15 years.

They are unbeaten since the defeat to Tottenham at Wembley in October however and have won twelve of their last 17 games. Start your seven-day free trial now on Amazon Channels.

Said game aside however, the state of play is rather an interesting one. Don't expect any stunners there.

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