Manchester City can break unwanted record against Liverpool - Joey Barton

Virgil van Dijk in action for Liverpool

GETTYVirgil van Dijk joined Liverpool in a deal worth £75million

As he prepares to make his first Premier League appearance for Liverpool in a crunch clash at home to runaway leaders Manchester City, the 26-year-old insists he is not concerned about his status as the world's most expensive defender.

But Pep Guardiola's side travel to Anfield as an entirely different team this term, having won 20 of their 22 Premier League games to open up a 15-point advantage in first.

Barring an epic collapse, City will spend the rest of the season focused on the historic implications of their remarkable campaign. The bigger picture is Manchester City remain unbeaten and now own a 15-point advantage at the top.

"I know what it is like at Anfield for a game like this where probably not numerous home fans are expecting to win".

"This season at Stamford Bridge we were able to do that but still we have to go to Anfield, to Emirates and against Tottenham". "When you look at their results, their form, the team they have got and the belief in the camp, it has got to be their best opportunity".

Van Dijk headed in an 84th-minute victor and was a generally commanding figure alongside Joel Matip and the pair are more than likely set to resume their partnership against City, regardless of what Klopp said today.

Accompanied by a picture of the two players in Liverpool shirts with arms around each other, the message said: "Liverpool is no longer the same without the magical bro, I wish the infinite success for you, that you enjoy life".

Becoming England's third top-flight "invincibles" isn't the only milestone fuelling City's charge.

City had not beaten Liverpool since 1977 but, sitting second and taking on opponents in the bottom half of the table, they ended the streak.

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Arsenal's 49 games in 2003-2004 is now top, followed by Nottingham Forest's 42 in 1977-1978, Chelsea with 40 in 2004-2005, Leeds's 34 in 1968-1969 and Liverpool's 31 in 1987-1988.

However, Klopp confirmed that Salah will be fit to start when Liverpool look to continue their Anfield hoodoo over City that goes all the way back to 2003, when a Nicolas Anelka injury time goal gave City their last win at the famous stadium.

"It is now a case of how many records they can break".

That was highlighted by the thumping 5-0 victory over the Reds when these two met at the Etihad earlier this season - a result that sent shockwaves through the rest of the league.

This will be the first time Liverpool turn out after Philippe Coutinho's £142m move to Barcelona.

While behind closed doors negotiations are raging on to get Naby Keita to Merseyside six months ahead of schedule, Liverpool must take on the might of City with no like-for-like replacement for Coutinho.

"It's interesting to play against City".

"We need to show we can cause them problems".

Manchester City's last three away games have seen them win just once by a single goal to nil, with their game at Swansea being the only game to be settled by more than a single goal which was predicted by the football tipsters at Tipsters Review.

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