Virgil van Dijk insists Liverpool are not focused on Manchester City’s dominance and has called for calm as the Reds aim to keep pace with the Premier League leaders.
City outclassed Manchester United 3-1 last weekend to remain top of the table, signalling many to question whether anybody can challenge Pep Guardiola’s side.
But with Liverpool just two points behind, Van Dijk is bullish on their chances and has revealed the game plan moving forward.
“They are the champions and the best team in the league but we will try everything to be as good as we can," said the Dutch defender.
“We don’t have to look at others, we just want to look at the games we have and the next challenge we have is Watford away, which is going to be a tough game.
“For us the challenge is to win or try to win every game.
“The season is very long. They are not going to win every game 5-0 and are going to have tough games like everyone else.
“We need to look at what we have ahead of us – that is more important than looking at someone else. It is the only way forward.”
The top two will meet again on January 3 at the Etihad, having cancelled each other out at Anfield in a goalless draw last month.
Van Dijk will be back in action for the Netherlands during the international break against France and Germany.
And with a game in hand on the world champions, they can still win the group, needing victory in Rotterdam before avoiding defeat against Die Mannschaft in Gelsenkirchen.
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