They crushed the Reds 5-0 last time they met after Sadio Mane was sent off.
It means Jurgen Klopp is poised to recall Dejan Lovren to the side to face league leaders City, who haven#8217;t lost a game all season.
City haven#8217;t won at Anfield for 15 years but they have never been in better form having cruised to a 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
There was drama ahead of the game when police ordered a nine-metre gold statue of Van Dijk to be removed from Anfield amid fears of a bomb threat.
The Dutchman underwent tests with club doctors this morning where he was deemed too big a risk to play #8211; especially so soon after his transfer.