Virgil van Dijk unconcerned with potential retaliation from Manchester City fans

Virgil van Dijk sends message to Manchester City fans promising a hostile reception
Virgil van Dijk is a leader on the pitch for Liverpool (Picture: PA Wire)

Virgil van Dijk has insisted he and his Liverpool team-mates will not be intimated by any hostile reception from Manchester City supporters at the Etihad.

Liverpool fans threw bottles and objects at the City team bus when it arrived at Anfield for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final last week.

There is talk online that City supporters will look to replicate a similarly hostile environment for the second game on Tuesday night.

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Anfield has become a fortress for Liverpool this season, but Van Dijk assured supporters the away atmosphere will not affect him or his team-mates.

He said: I cant comment on what happened before the game. I had no control over that. We just need to be ready for the football match. Thats the only thing we can have influence on.


Liverpool released a statement condemning the actions of the supporters who attacked the City bus, while Uefa has opened an investigation into the incident.

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Liverpool have a 3-0 lead from the first leg (Picture: EPA)

Citys stars insisted they were not affected by the hostile arrival, but Liverpool did demolish the soon-to-be Premier League champions 3-0.

The Reds drew from an electric atmosphere inside Anfield and scored three goals in the first half hour.

Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool will not change their approach despite coming into the second leg with a huge lead.

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Manchester City (Champions League) (A) – Tues April 10
Bournemouth (H) – Sat April 14
West Brom (A) – Sun April 22
Stoke City (H) – Sat April 28
Chelsea (A) – Sun May 6
Brighton (H) – Sun May 13

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Jurgen Klopp and his side executed the perfect game plan in the first game (Picture: PA)
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The quality of City was clear. We all know about Pep, best coach in the world, he said.

It was clear they would be outstanding but there is no perfect football team in the world.

They have it most consistently, that is why they will be (league) champions, but we know they can concede goals.

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