Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk makes claim about David de Gea at Manchester United

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita of Liverpool during a training session on February 14, 2019 in Marbella, Spain.

Manchester United are set to take on Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk and his teammates at the weekend.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has told Sky Sports that he thinks Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea remains one of the best players in the world in his position.

De Gea is set to miss out on playing against Liverpool this weekend, with Sergio Romero expected to step into United’s starting line-up.

And Van Dijk admits that he thinks that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are in a bad way at the moment.

"For them, it is not the ideal situation to lose your first-choice goalkeeper, one of the best in the world, and one of their main midfielders,” the Liverpool defender said.


“They will be disappointed but for us, we just want to focus on ourselves.

"They're not in the best way, they're not fully confident and they're not in the situation they want to be in. But the good thing about football is you can bounce back in any game. They might think this is the best occasion to bounce back from it but we know that. We want to go out and fight for every metre on the pitch and try and take the three points back to Liverpool.”

De Gea’s form at United actually dipped badly last term, but he has been more solid since the start of this season.

David De Gea of Spain looks on prior to the UEFA Nations League A group four match between Spain and England at Benito Villamarin on October 15, 2018 in Sevilla, Spain

His absence is a blow to the Red Devils, who are already up against it when they face Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have been unstoppable so far this term, and have taken maximum points from their first eight games.

It has been a very different story at Old Trafford, where United have looked totally out of sorts.

Solskjaer’s side have taken just nine points so far, and a defeat against Liverpool at the weekend could leave them very close to the relegation zone.

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