Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool would ideally pick up the three points in an attractive, free-flowing manner at Goodison Park tomorrow afternoon – but failing that, they will be willing to fight for the victory.
Manchester City face Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, and so the Reds will be playing catch-up again, at least in terms of matches played, so winning the derby is crucial.
Van Dijk told LiverpoolFC.com: “It’s the derby and it’s special but we want to show our quality and win. Hopefully, with good football but if not, we’re going to fight for it.
“It’ll be a game that can go either way and sometimes in these type of games it’s about who wants it the most. We’re in a position where we definitely want it the most and hopefully, we can show that on the pitch.”
Van Dijk is likely to be crucial at both ends, with Everton surely setting up to go for it early doors. He’ll be vital in an attacking sense as well, and could capitalise on the Blues’ poor defending of set-pieces, perhaps building on his two goals midweek.
As long as the Reds perform at the same level they did against Watford on Wednesday, that should be enough to get the victory – the Blues are currently four points behind the Hornets in the Premier League table.