Three first-half goals led to Liverpool registering a hugely-impressive win at Anfield to leave the club on the brink of securing a place in the last four in the competition.
However, Van Dijk has acknowledged that Liverpool must now be prepared for what he suggests is an inevitable response from the Premier League leaders at the Etihad Stadium next Tuesday.
The 26-year-old told the club’s official website: “It was massive to get three goals and a clean sheet to take with us to Manchester.
“The first half was good; there were a couple of things that could be better. In the second half we struggled a bit; we weren’t calm enough and a bit sloppy. But it was very important to keep a clean sheet and we did.
“It’s pretty clear it’s still going to be very difficult, but we just need to be well prepared. They’re going to come, we need to be ready for it and play our game.”
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