Cape Town - Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk
believes it's vital for the team to remain focused on their own game and
not let the media hype distract them.
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Jurgen Klopp's charges have already been touted as real challengers
to dethrone Pep Guardiola's star-studded Premier League champions
Manchester City this season.
The Reds made a convincing start to their campaign on Sunday as they
thrashed West Ham United 4-0 at Anfield, but Van Dijk wants to see his
teammates keep their heads down and avoid getting carried away with the
optimism surrounding the Merseyside outfit.
"We've seen the media writing about us as the new champions and stuff
but we don't really look at those things. We need to just focus game by
game," said the former Southampton defender, according to Liverpool's
"We want to do well. We want to achieve greater things so we need to be ready for any challenge, any battle that comes to us.
"We are very well prepared, we were looking forward to this game and I think everyone could see it.
"For us it is key that we don't look too much at other teams. We need
to look at ourselves and be ready every week for any opponent we face.
That is key at the moment."