Liverpool news: Van Dijk vows to keep going hard, Keita is enjoying his life at Liverpool and much more.
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#1 Virgil Van Dijk vows to keep going hard and compete with Manchester City for the title
Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk wants his side to keep in touching distance with Pep Guardiola's team as the Reds prepare to tussle out for the title. Both Liverpool and Manchester City have made unbelievable starts to the Premier League campaign by securing 30 and 32 points from the first twelve games respectively.
Speaking to the Liverpool FC TV, Van Dijk said “That is something we still need to see. [City] are the champions and the best team in the league but we will try everything to be as good as we can.
“We don’t have to look at others, we want to look at the games we have and the next challenge we have as Liverpool is Watford away, which is going to be tough. The season is very long. [City] are not going to win every game 5-0 and are going to have tough games like everyone else.” he added.
#2 Naby Keita is enjoying his life at Liverpool and seeks improvement under Jurgen Klopp
Guinean Naby Keita has made a decent start to his Liverpool career despite starting only 7 games for the Reds until now. His Anfield career might have started off slowly and steadily, but bigger things are expected from the 23-year-old who is looking to stamp his authority and get into the starting eleven in the upcoming months.
The Reds midfielder is happy to play for a club of this size and seeks improvement under the management of Jurgen Klopp. He said to Liverpool echo “I am really, really happy to play with my team-mates and I am learning from their experience. I'm training with them every day and I am trying to get them better, to learn from them.
“I watch them and of course the coach is always speaking to me, saying 'you can do this better, you need to do this. He makes me feel like I want to do better and I want to progress so I feel lucky and happy to train with him and the players here.”
#3 Liverpool rope in Manchester City's physio Lee Nobes
Former Reds physio Matt Konopinski decided to join the Football Association last month. This paved way for Liverpool to announce Lee Nobes as their new head physio, who spent eleven years at the Etihad under five different managers - Sven-Göran Eriksson, Manuel Pellegrini, Mark Hughes, Roberto Mancini and Pep Guardiola.
Academy coach Paul Squires was promoted to the first team to help the first time following the departure of Konopinski. He will continue to assist them until Nobes takes over this department after the international break.