"Klopp needs Salah to find his form quickly as they need him firing if they are going to win the title and I hope this worldwide break will give him the release he needs to get back on track ahead of what will be a decisive few weeks in this fascinating season".
That should give Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool players real hope that they will slip up on at least one occasion.
Former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman insists that there is no reason why Jurgen Klopp's side can not win both the Premier League and Champions League titles this season.
The Dutchman has managed to transform the Liverpool backline, and with him in the team, the Reds have looked a meaner outfit.
Possibly the best defensive partnership in Premier League history.
The big question hovering over all of this is: Are Liverpool good enough to take advantage if City stumble?
Wayne Rooney has opened up on why he cannot live with the fact that Liverpool should emerge Premier League champions this season.
They are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they will face Porto, and back on top of the Premier League table.
"It's something good for people that love football to see".
"But the Premier League would be something special".
Liverpool's next game against Tottenham is obviously a huge game but I believe Klopp's men will win it.
Palace memorably beat City at the Etihad Stadium in December and that result will unquestionably be in the minds of City players when they go to Selhurst Park, where the atmosphere is always intense from the home fans.
The surgery had a dramatic impact on Van Dijk, who was bedridden for several days and was immobile thereafter, barely able to walk. But, a shaky period around the middle of the season has now left them fighting for a top-four spot, and a loss in the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City saw their season hit another significant bump in the road. "Everyone is talking about City winning the quadruple so why can't Liverpool win the double?"
Van Dijk, on the other hand, hasn't won anything with Liverpool yet.