Van Dijk: Liverpool will attack Manchester City in UCL second leg
MANCHESTER -- Virgil van Dijk insists Liverpool will not sit on their 3-0 lead in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester City.
Following the first leg at Anfield last week, Liverpool head to the Etihad on Tuesday evening with a commanding aggregate advantage.
While Van Dijk admits Liverpool are capable of holding on to that, he feels it is in the side's nature to attack.
"It's pretty clear that defending a 3-0 lead here is going to be a bit of a strange situation," Van Dijk told a news conference on Monday afternoon. "But I think we need to come here with the mindset that it's 0-0 and we want to win the game.
"We know we are capable of scoring goals. We also know as a team we can defend pretty well, very compact. You could see that in the second half [when] we played them.
"But I think the main thing is that we definitely need to keep a mindset of winning the game instead of defending a lead."
Manchester City missed out on the chance to secure the Premier League title on Saturday following their 3-2 defeat to rivals Manchester United.
Liverpool have beaten the league leaders on two occasions this season, and Van Dijk believes there is a sense of vulnerability within Pep Guardiola's team.
"I got the sense after we played them at Anfield already," the centre-half added. "Obviously, they have so much quality, they are going to win the league and that's not for no reason.
"We know what we are going to face, we know their strengths and weaknesses. We need to be 100 percent and even more to finish the game.
"We as a team feel like we are in a great moment. We can make it difficult for any team in the world. That's what I think.
"But still we need to show it and be ready for a fight, ready for a good game. We will be."
Liverpool are firm favourites to be in Friday's draw for the semifinals of the Champions League.
"I'm not interested in these kind of labels, favourites and underdogs," Reds boss Jurgen Klopp told a news conference. "It's common sense to say if you play in the Champions League stage against the winner of the Premier League that you are not the favourite. That's what we were last week.
"For me, the whole game is about these two legs. I'm not interested in what changed. How it always is in football, we have to go in the lead and you want to score goals.
"At the end, when the final whistle goes then you want to have won the game. That didn't change since then. We are only in the lead. I have no problem with that. It's better than I could have expected, but we all know and you all know that there is still a lot of work to do. That's why we are here and not thinking about who is now favourite or whatever.
"It's all about going to the next round and that's what we will try tomorrow."
Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.