Virgil van Dijk on the games which will define Liverpool’s title bid
Oct 11 2018
It was a big change for me, moving down to London because I'm a Liverpool lad through and through.
"But I've kept a positive mind, worked really hard, fitness wise I'm feeling as good as I've ever felt before and I'm looking forward to the games ahead and the rest of the season".
Before the players tested Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland in goal, they stretched off and performed a number of exercises in the gym. I think Manchester City are doing what you would expect them to do and Arsenal are around where you would expect them to be. I was confident, so I was not happy that they did not allow me. "I've been through hard spells, but I feel like I'm coming out of it now as a better player", he said.
"To be honest I have never yet been into the city of Liverpool, except to the team hotel with the rest of the squad".
"If anything happened to Hazard they'd be in trouble".
Who will win the title?
But Fowler disagrees, saying: "I just think Manchester City are a brilliant side". They have so much quality and strength in depth and over the course of the season that will give them the edge.
Pep Guardiola's side played some of the most dominating football in Europe last season and nearly everyone feels the Citizens will be able to replicate that this year too.
I've seen that probably more than most people over the past couple of years and I know now that the way things are today, they're not always going to be that way. "As Riyad, I've been practicing [penalties]".
The draw preserved both sides' unbeaten Premier League records, but they failed to lay down an early marker in the title race as Chelsea moved into a three-way tie at the top on 20 points after eight games.
"It means you play for something if you play a lot of games: Champions League, the cups and the Premier League".
Who will make top four?
Usually, by the time we've trained and I've had treatment and eaten at the training ground, it might be six or seven o'clock so when I'm back home around eight, I'll just put my feet up and be ready for the next day.