Virgil van Dijk issues rallying cry to Liverpool team-mates ahead of Everton derby clash

Virgil van Dijk has issued a rallying cry ahead of Liverpool’s Merseyside derby clash against Everton (Picture: Getty)

Virgil van Dijk has issued a rallying cry to his Liverpool team-mates ahead of the Merseyside derby against Everton.

Premier League leaders Liverpool welcome arch-rivals Everton to Anfield on Wednesday evening.

Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated Brighton on Saturday to move further clear at the top of the Premier League, while Everton will look to ease the pressure on Marco Silva against in-form Leicester City on Sunday.

Van Dijk scored a brace in Liverpool’s victory over Brighton and wasted no time before turning his attentions to the upcoming Merseyside derby.

‘I’m looking forward to every game and obviously Wednesday is going to be a good one,’ Van Dijk said. ‘Everyone is looking forward to that.

‘What we have to do now is make sure we’re more than 100 per cent on Wednesday. Luckily, we have some time to recover and make sure we’re ready.’

Van Dijk’s first-half brace put Liverpool in control against Brighton but the visitors threatened to mount a comeback after goalkeeper Alisson was sent off for deliberate handball.

Brighton pulled a goal back immediately after Alisson was dismissed but the hosts held on to clinch an important victory.

Van Dijk added: ‘Obviously we’re disappointed with the way we ended the game. We conceded a bit of a strange free-kick, the red card for Alisson, and we should have done better.

‘But it’s not easy to play every couple of days and make sure we are more than 100 per cent.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are the favourites to win the title (Picture: Getty)

‘But we try to do that. The beginning of the first half was good, towards the end of the first half I think we should have done better.

‘But it’s something we have to look at and try to improve. They are a very good side, you have to give them credit.

‘They played well, brave and tried to get out of our press and at times it worked. So you have to give them credit. But we wanted the three points and got them.

‘We have to show character, we have to fight. It was not an easy game, especially at the end. We had to dig deep and we did.’

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