Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk believes challenge on Napoli's Dries Mertens was fair

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk believes challenge on Napoli's Dries Mertens was fair

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk believes challenge on Napoli's Dries Mertens was fair

But United head into the fixture off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, while Liverpool remain the only unbeaten team in the top flight.

Suspended "Unfortunately, I'm suspended now for the first game [of the knockout stages]".

"But we have plenty of quality players to fill my gap".

The Round of 16 draw is seeded, which means group winners can not meet fellow group winners, nor play any team from their qualification group nor a team from their own country, which means Liverpool, City, United and Tottenham will avoid each other in the first knockout stage.

Virgil van Dijk believes his challenge on Dries Mertens early in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Napoli on Tuesday was a fair tackle.

"From the video, it is a red card", Ancelotti told a news conference.

Van Dijk saluted the heroics of Alisson for his stoppage-time save to deny Arkadiusz Milik from close range and preserve Liverpool's Champions League status.

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has ruled out the prospect of matching Arsenal's infamous "invincibles" season, despite Jurgen Klopp's men going nearly half a season without experiencing the bitter taste of defeat.

"I think it was a bit of a classic performance". In the home games we played, we showed our class.

'He did it nearly every match: someone is through on goal and you think they are going to score and then Ali is there to make a save, ' added Wijnaldum.

De Gea's struggles have continued into this season as United sit sixth in the Premier League, 16 points behind the leaders.

'Things can happen, everyone can have a bad season, ' he said. That does not mean they are not a good team with good players. We know we have to do a lot to not lose games and even more to win it, ' he said. "It is going to be hard".

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