Virgil van Dijk believes Liverpool’s title chances could hinge on how they perform against sides outside the top six.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reined in their attacking intent during Sunday’s goalless draw at Anfield with a first-half performance in particular which was the most restrained of any since his arrival in England.
While Van Dijk said it showed how much of a threat the Reds posed to the defending champions, he felt greater consistency over the course of the season would be the key to a title challenge.
After the international break, Liverpool will face Huddersfield and Cardiff and those are the kind of games the defender is talking about.
“Obviously they were a bit cautious of the way we played and I think we have earned that respect,” said the Holland captain. “We made it difficult for them and they made it difficult for us at times but that’s how it is.
“But I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the difficult games which we have against mid-table and lower teams.
“We want to get as close as possible and do as well as we can but we know it is going to be hard. We’ve had a great start to the season and we want to keep it going.