When it comes to inspiring rivals Manchester United, Liverpool center back Virgil Van Dijk is going straight down Shame Street.
The Dutch giant was asked whether United could do Liverpool a solid on Wednesday when the Manchester Derby hits Old Trafford.
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“They need to do themselves a favor,” Van Dijk said, from The Daily Mail.
Van Dijk’s Reds will lose their bid at a Premier League title if Man City wins out, even if Liverpool also wins out. And he knows that this match is Liverpool’s big hope for City to drop points (The reigning champs then face Burnley, Leicester City, and Brighton).
He also knows that Liverpool had its troubles with rivals Everton, but that scoreline?
“Everton is not easy to beat at home, but 4-0 is a big result. We have no influence on that, but they are still playing for Champions League football and they need to get a result.”
Van Dijk is one of the finalists for Premier League Player of the Season, and apparently should also be in the discussion for top PL Burn of the Campaign.
I also like the one-liner to start as the PL equivalent of responding to “You’re a jerk” with “You’re the jerk, jerk.”