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Virgil van Dijk has hit back at Jamie Carragher after the former Liverpool skipper suggested he needed to lose weight. The Dutch international became the world’s most expensive defender a month ago after his £75million move from Southampton.

The defender became an instant hit with the Anfield faithful, scoring the winner against Everton in the FA Cup. While Van Dijk has certainly made a difference in the four matches he has played, the defender has still been far from his best and has faced some criticism.

Carragher accused the centre-back as being overweight and advised him to lose some weight after the player was dropped for the match against Huddersfield last week.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did defend Van Dijk by hitting out at Carragher but the club’s record signing has now teasingly called on the Reds legend to meet him in the dressing room and see for himself whether he needs to lose weight or not.

“He (Carragher) needs to come into the dressing room and he can see if I need to lose some weight because I don’t think I need to lose some weight!” Van Dijk was quoted in a report by the Express.

“I have been out for eight months – last January until September really and I didn’t play at Premier League level. It is not easy to come back, especially when I have made such a big step as now with all the eyes on me and they look at every small detail.

“I am just focusing on the team and myself. Other people will talk and have their opinions. There is nothing I can do about that. I will just try and enjoy my game and enjoy being here and that is what I am definitely doing.

“It is a strength of mine to not really bother too much when people have their opinions, especially negative opinions. I know when I am doing it well and exactly when I am doing it wrong. That is what I am working on and obviously no-one will talk about my performance (against Spurs) in general.

“We defended very well, had two penalties against us with a lot of question marks around them. I know that as a team and the players around me we did very well against one of the best strikers in Europe.”

It is true pundits criticise a lot when a player performs below his standards but never praise them wholeheartedly when the same player does well. I understand the critics are paid for it but it would be nice if they appreciate the players when they totally deserve it.

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“The pressure is on the teams behind” – Former Liverpool star claims Man City have to deal with more pressure in title race

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Former Liverpool star Luis Garcia believes Manchester City are the ones who are under pressure as the race for the Premier League title heats up.

The Cityzens are four points behind Liverpool at the moment, and the Reds have been relentless having dropped just nine points so far this season.

Garcia was speaking while promoting a charity match against AC Milan in March and claimed the Reds would have taken this situation at the start of the season (h/t Belfast Telegraph).

The Spaniard won the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool and further claimed that we would have a chance of winning the league if we remain close to the top with five games remaining.

Garcia believed teams chasing are always the ones facing the pressure (h/t Belfast Telegraph):

“The pressure is on the teams behind them because when you are up front it is important you continue winning the next game and you don’t think about it.

“They (chasing teams) have to think about what it will be like if they fail and that is a lot of pressure.”

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Sadio Mane in action against Manchester City

Manchester City play ahead of the Reds in the next two Premier League match days, and it will be interesting to see if they can put the pressure on us.

City have cracked a couple of times this season with surprising losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea, but have looked in great touch since defeating us at the Etihad.

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The Reds have squeezed past Brighton and Crystal Palace in their last two games and now have a mini-break ahead of their clash against Leicester City while City play in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

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“Show me a club with more heart” – Some Liverpool fans shower love on Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish for meeting 104-year-old fan

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There was one special fan who got the chance to meet Jurgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, 104-year-old Bernard Sheridan.

The fan was specially invited to the game by Klopp, and it was incredible seeing the supporter meet the legend Dalglish and our current manager.

The fan seemed excited to meet Klopp and also shared a joke or two with Dalglish, and he certainly would have enjoyed the game, even though we made tough work of Palace.

The supporter was just a few days away from his birthday and it was a great present, to be fair.

The Reds have been on overdrive regarding their meetings with fans in recent weeks, and acts such as these bring the supporters closer to the club.

Klopp and the rest of the team have created an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, and the fans seem to be doing their bit as well.

The win over Palace ensured we have a four point lead over Manchester City going into a mini-break, and we need to keep picking up the points.

The Reds haven’t won the Premier League ever, and with the backing of fans such as Sheridan, there is a chance of us breaking the duck.

Several Liverpool fans were pleased with this latest touch and shared their reactions on Twitter.

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Premier League leaders Liverpool could become the first football to post an annual net profit of more than €100million, according to Inside World Football (h/t Mirror).

The Reds had a fantastic campaign last season reaching the Champions League final. The report claims that the Reds banked €81.3million as they finished the competition as runners-ups, and since they did not take part in the Champions League in 2016-17, this is seen as a top-line growth.

There were some major signings at the club with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk signing, but their costs will most likely be spread over their contract lengths, as per the report. Liverpool also sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January for around €130million.

The report adds that the Reds recorded a turnover of €364million in 2016-17 but that should jump up to more than €450million when the accounts are published by Companies House in March.

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Liverpool players celebrate against Arsenal

The Mirror adds that Inside World Football’s calculations came after a UEFA statement claimed that Leicester City had held the previous record thanks to their Champions League exploits after winning the Premier League.

Liverpool also have had several sponsorship deals over the years since FSG took over, and this latest news shows how healthy the club is financially.

We have also spent money wisely with most of our transfers working out, and this season is a testament to how far we have come under Jurgen Klopp.

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The Reds lead the Premier League and are still competing in the Champions League. Hopefully, we make the season count and win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

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