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Liverpool is unbeaten in 17 games, while Manchester City hasn’t lost this Premier League season.

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The Reds won’t have new signing Virgil Van Dijk due to a “tight hamstring,” putting Dejan Lovren in the center of the back line with Joel Matip.

Jurgen Klopp has also chosen Loris Karius over Simon Mignolet between the sticks.

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Liverpool: Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson, Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane, Firmino. Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Klavan, Lallana, Ings, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold.

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho (c), De Bruyne, Gundogan, Sane, Sterling, Aguero. Subs: Bravo, Zinchenko, Danilo, Mangala, D Silva, Bernardo, Diaz

Virgil van Dijk set to miss Liverpool v Man City with injury

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The most expensive defender in soccer history looks set to miss Liverpool’s huge clash with Manchester City on Sunday (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Van Dijk, 26, was set to make his Premier League debut for Liverpool following his $100 million move from Southampton on Jan.1 but the Liverpool Echo reports that the Dutch international defender is suffering from a tight hamstring.

It is believed Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want to risk a bigger injury to VVD, given how important he is to Liverpool’s success and the impact he already had on his debut against Everton in the FA Cup last Friday where he popped up to score the winner.

Dejan Lovren is expected to line up alongside Joel Matip in the center of Liverpool’s defense in Van Dijk’s absence but Pep Guardiola and Man City will certainly be happy that the towering Dutch defender will be missing.

FA Cup: Van Dijk’s debut winner; Lingard the hero again

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Thanks to a pair of late winners, Liverpool and Manchester United are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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Liverpool 2-1 Everton

Virgil Van Dijk put forth a debut performance to remember, as he scored the late, winning goal in Liverpool’s third-round victory over Merseyside rivals Everton at Anfield. After completing his $100-million move from Southampton to Liverpool last week, the 26-year-old quickly endeared himself to the Anfield faithful by separating the two sides in a hotly contested, chippy encounter that on occasion threatened to turn ugly.

Liverpool went ahead 10 minutes before halftime, when Mason Holgate wrapped his arms around Adam Lallana. James Milner stepped up and converted from the spot to make it 1-0. Bobby Madley’s decision to award the penalty was questionable, to put it lightly.

Van Dijk so nearly got his debut goal in the 63rd minute, but Jordan Pickford made a difficult save to keep the Toffees’ deficit at just one. Not long later — four minutes, to be exact — the blue side of Merseyside punished the red side with an effortless, fluid counter-attacking move that brought them back together again, at 1-1. Gylfi Sigurdsson arrived late to the top of the penalty area and slotted home after Phil Jagielka made a 70-yard, lung-busting print to get forward and lay the ball back for a wide open Sigurdsson.

Six minutes from full-time, Van Dijk would get another chance to play the part of hero. Pickford rushed out to punch, but the big Dutchman stood his ground and headed into the empty net.

Manchester United 2-0 Derby County

Jesse Lingard, the late bloomer at Man United, continues to come up huge for Jose Mourinho’s struggling Red Devils, time after time after time. It took nearly the full 90 minutes — 84, to be exact — for United to break through against Championship side Derby at Old Trafford, but the quality of Lingard’s stunning goal made it (almost) worth the wait.

The most notable event from the game’s first 45 minutes actually came during halftime, when Henrikh Mkhitaryan was subbed off after a disappointing first-half performance, leaving his Man United future in more and more serious doubt. Just as notably, it was Romelu Lukaku, making his return from the head injury he suffered seven days ago, who replaced Mkhitaryan. Lukaku then grabbed the insurance goal in the 90th minute, his first since Dec. 17, snapping a streak of four scoreless appearances.

Salah, Coutinho out for Liverpool; Van Dijk could debut

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Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that both Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho will not play for Liverpool against Everton in their FA Cup third round clash at Anfield on Friday.

The duo both missed Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Burnley on Monday and the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup has come too soon even though they “are not big injuries” to deal with.

Speaking to reporters, Klopp also said that new $100 million signing Virgil Van Dijk could make his Liverpool debut following his move from Southampton.

“Mo (Salah) and Phil (Coutinho) are not available. Virgil (van Dijk) is obviously healthy, we’ll see what we do with him,” Klopp said. “With Virgil it is different, he is healthy and now I have to make a decision for this game,” explained Klopp. “It is not finally done, so we will see what we do with him. It is clear centre-half is a position that usually needs to be tuned to the rest of the team, the kind of defending and stuff like that, but of course I can imagine everyone is desperate to see him on the pitch.

“But as I have said before, from our point of view there is no rush for us in this situation and it’s much more important how many good games he can play for us than how many and when it starts. It is not decided and how it always is in this period, we have to wait a little bit for last updates on each position and then we make the line-up.”

Liverpool’s German manager also added that he believes Coutinho will be available for selection for the Jan. 14 clash against Manchester City at Anfield and danced around questions regarding the Brazilian playmakers future at Liverpool.

With reports circulating that Coutinho could be sold to Barcelona either in January or in the summer, Klopp brushed all of that talk aside in his press conference after previously laughing off the fact that Nike released adverts earlier this week promoting Coutinho as a Barcelona player.

As for the players who will be featuring against Everton, Klopp confirmed that Loris Karius will play in goal and that he will play his strongest line up possible and won’t have one eye on the league encounter with Man City in 10 days time.

New Liverpool addition Van Dijk speaks following blockbuster move

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Jurgen Klopp‘s side has received very little criticism about the quality of the team’s attack under his watch, and now with a big-money defensive signing the German will be hoping to patch up a big hole with the addition of Virgil Van Dijk.

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The 26-year-old Dutchman officially joined Liverpool on Monday as the new year officially rolled around, thus completing his move from Southampton.

The Reds will be in action on Monday as they travel to Burnley in an important top-10 matchup, however, Van Dijk will not feature for Klopp’s men.

Here are some of the biggest takeaways from Van Dijk’s first interview as a Red:

On why the Dutchman selected Liverpool

“I think the most important thing is the size of the club, the culture of the club, the players, the manager and obviously the fans, who make the club this special. With the history at the club and everything around it – even the training ground and stuff – it is just a perfect, perfect match for me, and for my family as well.”

On what it feels like to play at Anfield

“I think something special. I think Anfield is a very special stadium and it is my home right now as well. I am just looking forward to being on the pitch, especially as a [home] player at the stadium. It’s going to be nice, especially the evening games and the European nights.”

On Van Dijk’s style as a defender

“I am vocal, I am obviously pretty tall, I like to command the defensive line and have the ball as well. I like to play out from the back and be comfortable on the ball. Obviously there is a lot of improvement still to come, but I think the manager can help me with that.”

On playing in the Champions League… again

“Yes, a lot. Obviously I have played in the Champions League with Celtic and that was very special as well. Liverpool is up there as well with the atmosphere and the fans. I am just looking forward to everything! Everything is perfect; the stadium, the training ground, the facilities and the people who work at the club, the people and the city, the fans. It is just the perfect place for me to be, and for my family to be as well.”

On why he selected the no. 4 kit

“I had No.4 when I played for Groningen back in Holland, so I was always a big fan of No.4 anyway. Unfortunately at Southampton, my good friend Jordy Clasie had No.4, so I didn’t want to take it from him! I just like No.4. Obviously here, Sami Hyypia had it here as well and played for my team where I played 10 years in Holland, Willem II, so it’s a bit special.”

On the brilliance of the Reds attack

“Yeah, very happy! With Southampton we saw it with our own eyes [in November]. There is a lot of quality up front. I think the whole team is full of quality. They’ve been showing it already throughout the season.”