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.
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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