Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham believes Virgil Van Dijk is an “annoying” player to face, The Mirror reports.
Abraham came up against the Liverpool defender earlier this season and admitted that he struggled. He said that Van Dijk has a great understanding of the game and added that he is a “beast”.
Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge with Abraham drawing a blank. It was a rare occasion as the 22-year-old has scored eight goals this season. This makes him the joint top scorer in the Premier League and it has earned him an England call-up.
Abraham on Van Dijk
Abraham believes Van Dijk is one of the top defenders in the world. He said (via The Mirror): “He’s a beast. He’s just good at what he does. He’s experienced. I try to do a little… I try to use my tricks in my head but his understanding of the game is top drawer.
It is to do with little things. Movement. My movement in the box, some defenders don’t pay attention to me – they are only focussed on the ball. With him, it’s kind of both, he’s paying attention to me and the ball, knows where I am, knows where I want to go, follows me. It’s quite annoying for a striker – just leave me alone!”
It is no surprise that Van Dijk receives rave reviews from so many fellow professionals. He is the complete defender, balancing his physical presence perfectly with his reading of the game.
He might have cost a lot of money but he is worth every penny. The way Van Dijk has improved the Liverpool defence cannot be understated.