As the winter transfer window approaches closer, club will be stepping up the chase to sign the players.
They may have only scored five less than Liverpool this season, but that total is boosted by the four put past Fulham at the weekend - a side who may claim to be one of the worst ever promoted teams. It's hard to believe that the same squad finished behind second in the division.
Van Dijk's arrival last January after the Reds paid a record fee to Southampton helped turn that around, and the centre-back takes pride in how well he and his team-mates have come together to perform defensively in this first part of the season. Manchester United have endured a nightmare start to the 2018-19 campaign.
Jose Mourinho is busy sowing the seeds of his own destruction, while his brand of football barely makes use of the attacking talent at Old Trafford.
Anfield will host the Premier League fixture between the two bitter rivals on Sunday afternoon, and although the Reds will enter the game still unbeaten in the league, the Dutch defender isn't naïve to underestimate United.
But Van Dijk is not concerned of that, noting that while Liverpool must remain focused on the quality of the opposition, they have the ability to counter them.
The signings of van Dijk and Alisson have transformed the Reds' defence over the last 12 months. Not only well balanced but organised and disciplined team capable of challenging for silverware across all fronts.
He told BBC, "There is no doubt that some of these Manchester United defenders are capable but they need that figurehead, that leader who could guide them".
Of course Coutinho would have been an extremely valuable player this season, but really Liverpool haven't needed him. Fletcher said, "When he's not there they look questionable and that's the difference that one top centre-half can have".