City's shock run of three defeats in four league games has allowed the unbeaten Liverpool to close in on a first title since 1990 with the sides set to meet at the Etihad on Thursday. Maybe the best team in Europe or the world right now and in top form.
Van Dijk admitted that it will be a tough game, but he insists it is a fixture Liverpool want to win. Having topped the league for nearly the whole season, the holders have handed Liverpool the initiative in the title race in December after losing three of their last four league games.
In 2013, Jack Wilshere - who played for Arsenal at the time - was banned for two games after he made an offensive gesture to Manchester City fans.
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David Silva was on the scoresheet as Manchester City got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at Southampton. "Our pride has been hurt over the last few weeks but we have everything to play for and it depends on us".
'It is normal for this to happen when you spend three to four months out injured - you come back in such a demanding period and you have a little bit of a problem.
I don't think we'll see another scoreless draw, given that Manchester City must push for a victory, now that they're trailing by seven points. "Every living soul that comes into the stadium on Thursday has to be ready to fight and give it to them", added the Belgian.
City regained the lead when Sterling's cut-back deflected against Ward-Prowse and in after 45 minutes and Aguero headed home another from Zinchenko's cross in the third minute of first-half stoppage time. What can I do to help the players?More news: Post-Christmas holiday, partial USA government shutdown to gain impact
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