Manchester United 'need to do themselves a favour'. Well, that's according to Virgil van Dijk who has sent United a message ahead of their meeting against cross-town rivals Manchester City.
Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League after beating Cardiff City 2-0 on Sunday.
However, City have the chance to regain top spot when they meet United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Liverpool will be hoping for a favour from United though Van Dijk has insisted they owe it to themselves to put in a big showing following their humiliating defeat at Goodison Park.
"They need to do themselves a favour," Liverpool's No.4 said. "Everton is not easy to beat at home, but 4-0 is a big result.
"We have no influence on that, but they are still playing for Champions League football and they need to get a result."
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp echoed the same sentiment about United's game versus City.
"It [the derby] is not something we can influence, and it does not look like United are in a place to, either," he said following his side's victory at Cardiff.
"It [the derby] is a normal game, a game they [City] have to play.
"We had to play that game as well and Man United was in that moment obviously in a much better moment when we played them, so it was a 0-0. So, on a good day maybe, it [the derby] is a draw.
"We'll see what comes out on Wednesday, we have no influence on that, but we still have to play games after that.
"So, if United get a point or whatever and we win [against] Huddersfield Town, go to Newcastle United after Barcelona and think we have it halfway or whatever, then we will get a knock there.
"It's all difficult, we just have to stay focused on our things - that's what worked really well so far and I don't see any reason why we should change."
City face United on Wednesday with Liverpool resuming their league campaign against Huddersfield on Friday.
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