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Emile Heskey agrees with Virgil van Dijk on Liverpool problem ahead of Man City clash

Liverpool go into Sunday’s game against Manchester City sitting 13 points adrift of last season’s Premier League champions, but have recovered some form in Europe.

 

Former Liverpool star Emile Heskey has echoed Virgil van Dijk’s comments about the Reds’ confidence.

 

Jurgen Klopp’s team take on Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday with a 13-point gap to the team who pipped them to the title last season. Klopp has already admitted his team are out of the running for this year’s title, though they have strengthened their claim to be considered contenders for the Champions League.

 

Van Dijk spoke about the drop in confidence after a defeat at Arsenal left the Merseyside club with just 10 points from eight games. While a 7-1 win at Rangers in midweek will have helped restore some pride, Heskey – who won trophies with the club in the early 2000s – remains concerned.

 

Confidence is definitely a thing that plays a part but you know, we are all human beings and sometimes you need a bit of confidence in certain moments and it could also if your confidence is not as high not help you in situations,” Van Dijk told Sky Sports last weekend. Liverpool twice came from behind to level things up against Arsenal, only for Bukayo Saka’s second-half penalty to decide the tie.

 

Speaking exclusively to Mirror Football courtesy of Gambling.com, Heskey shared the Dutchman’s concerned. Liverpool got off to a slow start in the league, winning none of their first three matches, and have struggled to make up ground on the front-runners since.

 

“Liverpool’s struggles this season are apparent to everyone,” the former England striker said. “The fascinating thing is, you can have the best players and be the best team in the world, but if you don’t get off to a good start your confidence will get knocked and you will need to pick each other up again.

 

That’s what is happening at Liverpool. Obviously, they got a brilliant win on Wednesday. I thought Rangers could have done better, but you’d take it wouldn’t you? It was a great result for them to then go into such a massive game, because this game with Manchester City on Sunday is huge.”

 

Liverpool’s victory in Glasgow on Wednesday night was their third in four Champions League group games. If they avoid defeat away to Ajax in their next game then they will be assured of a last-16 spot, but top spot in the group may be a tougher ask thanks to the 4-1 defeat at Napoli in their opening game.

 

 

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