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Steven Gerrard has claimed that Virgil van Dijk has actually helped four players get better since his arrival in the winter window.

The Dutchman has put in some commanding performances for the club, such as the one in the 3-0 win over Manchester City in the first leg of our Champions League quarter-finals and Gerrard believes that Van Dijk has been a blessing to the other defenders in the side.

Speaking to BT Sport (h/t Express) after our 2-1 win over City in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final, the former captain of the Reds said:

“I think this Liverpool team, with the arrival of Van Dijk, have found a big piece in the jigsaw.

“They’ve always looked dangerous going forward under Jurgen since he walked in the door. They’ve always looked threatening. But they’ve had a weakness at the back.

“The arrival of Van Dijk has had such a big lift on everyone around him. He’s lifted Lovren, he’s helping the two full-backs out immensely and I think he’s even helping the goalkeeper.”

Lovren was immense in the 2-1 win over Pep Guardiola’s side and the Reds will be looking to achieve a similar feat such as the one in 2005.

We did win the Champions League with Rafa Benitez and Gerrard in 2005 and hopefully, Van Dijk can help Jurgen Klopp and Dejan Lovren pick up the trophy this time around.

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(Video) Watch Alisson and Roberto Firmino provide hilarious responses in latest “Bezzies”

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Roberto Firmino of Liverpool

Liverpool have come up with another Bezzies video, this time focussing on Brazilian pair Alisson and Roberto Firmino.

We had seen a similar video of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk a few weeks ago, and this one was just as brilliant between the Brazilians.

It started with Alisson answering about what Firmino would take along with him to an island, and the answer wasn’t really that surprising.

The forward answered his wife, which our keeper also guessed correctly. For Alisson’s options, the correct answer was barbecue, which Firmino got right too.

The pair were also asked what is their best body feature and which club they made their debuts for.

There were some great questions in between and Firmino confirmed that his favourite Brazilian player was Ronaldinho and not Ronaldo, while for Alisson it was goalkeeper Taffarel.

Our goalkeeper even predicted that Firmino would be a better keeper than his attacking partners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The pair seem to be in great form and in spirits ahead of our crucial tie against Manchester United on Sunday.

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Hopefully, we pull off a win and stay atop the Premier League table as the games keep coming thick and fast.

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Liverpool interested in signing £70m-rated Bundesliga powerhouse

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Liverpool face tough competition for the signing of Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen, according to Sport Bild (h/t Mirror).

The 19-year-old has been on fire for the Bundesliga giants this season and has seven goals and five assists in all competitions.

The German also has a couple of international caps to his name and plays mostly as an attacking midfielder.

The report claims that Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are all “actively” tracking the rising star.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Havertz is rated at £70m (h/t Mirror), and he is the next big thing coming out from the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old was phenomenal last season with three goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga and seems set to break that his record in this campaign.

Liverpool have dipped into the German market several times under Jurgen Klopp, and if anyone would have the inside scoop on the 19-year-old, it has to be our manager due to his spell in the Bundesliga.

The Reds could do with an attacking midfielder in the team as we don’t have someone who can do this role. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be the ideal player for the position but it is unlikely we will see him play any minutes this season due to his injury.

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We lead the Premier League and made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and with the right signings, there could be some silverware at Anfield this season.

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“It is going to be difficult” – Liverpool star believes Manchester United will be tough opposition

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Liverpool play Manchester United in the biggest fixture of the weekend, and the Reds have a sizeable lead over their rivals in the Premier League.

We are 16 points ahead of the Red Devils after just 16 games, and another win will keep us at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp has never defeated the Red Devils during his Premier League career, and Georginio Wijnaldum spoke about the tie.

Georginio Wijnaldum

The Dutch midfielder believed we would put up a quality performance, claiming United are a good team while having a bit of a dig claiming they go out not to lose games (h/t Mirror):

“It’s a nice game. We’ll try to put in the same performance that we did against Napoli.

“Things can happen, everyone can have a bad season, it does not mean they [United] are not a good team with good players. Last season, with the same players, they finished second.

“They have good players, a good manager, and they know how to manage games and win games – or not to lose games! It is going to be difficult.”

Jose Mourinho always seems to have a plan when playing against Liverpool, whether it was his Chelsea days or his United days.

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We long for a win over the Red Devils, and with our team in great spirits, a win at Anfield could be on the books.

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