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    Graeme Souness: ‘Virgil van Dijk is better than Alan Hansen & Man City screwed up’

    Liverpool vs Man City

    Will Sunday be the day that Man City’s unbeaten Premier League record comes to an end?

    One of the biggest matches of the season will play out at Anfield today, as Liverpool host Man City.

    When the sides met in Manchester earlier in the season, the Sky Blues ran out 5-0 winners. Sadio Mane was sent off in that match.

    But will Liverpool exert their revenge this weekend? If the Reds collect all three points, they’ll join Man United and Chelsea on 47 points in the table as the race for second place heats up.

    ‘Virgil van Dijk is better than Alan Hansen’

    Ahead of the super Sunday clash at Anfield, Graeme Souness has previewed the game in the Sunday Times.

    Virgil van Dijk is poised to make his Liverpool Premier League debut against Man City. And according to Souness, VVD, who has yet to win a major trophy in England, is better than Liverpool legend Alan Hansen:

    Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-back Liverpool have had since Alan Hansen, but the 26-year-old Holland international is better in the air than Alan was. 

    (Van Dijk) always plays within himself, which is a great sign. He has always got another yard or gear to find, and that’s why he reminds me of Alan.

    During his time at Liverpool, Alan Hansen won the lot.

    He won the First Division title eight times, the European Cup three times and the Super Cup once. He also lifted the League Cup three times and the FA Cup twice.

    ‘Man City screwed up’

    Graeme Souness also criticised Man City for missing out on the Van Dijk signing.

    Of course, it was widely reported that Pep Guardiola was keen on the Dutch defender. However the former Southampton man would have arrived at the Etihad Stadium behind John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi in the City pecking order.

    For Souness, VVD would have been a major upgrade on City’s current defensive backup:

    The ball is an enemy for Eliaquim Mangala. He’s in the wrong movie at Manchester City. 

    They are always going to play out from the back and he doesn’t want the ball, so you would target him.

    That’s why they should have gone for Van Dijk. Good luck trying to get the ball off him and John Stones.

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