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Diego Simeone name checks van Dijk and raves about Luis Suarez

Simeone namechecks Van Dijk when discussing Luis Suarez.

The Atletico Madrid manager spoke to the press prior to Liverpool’s trip to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Atletico Madrid and Liverpool are 1st and 2nd in their group going into this clash.

Simeone understands how big of a game this will be and has been speaking about his opposition.

Simeone namechecked Virgil van Dijk whilst also claiming that the 34-year-old Luis Suarez was very excited for the match.

The Argentine manager stated:

“Liverpool have great mobility and no fear of leaving spaces at the back.”

“They have very quick players to go on the break and even with Virgil van Dijk at the back.”

“They have improved their solidity in defence which is very important, even for a team like Liverpool.”

Simeone namechecks Van Dijk when discussing Luis Suarez

He then went on to talk about the former Anfield star in his ranks in Luis Suarez.

“Suarez is a decisive player and he is excited about tomorrow, the same as the other players.”

“Those who play with their national teams and those that stayed with us during the international break.”

This matchup could be a very exciting match up between Van Dijk and Suarez.

Given Suarez’s age and the fact he’s not as mobile as he was in his Liverpool days, you’d back Van Dijk to win that battle.

However, under the lights on a Champions League night, anything is possible.

Liverpool have won their first two games in Europe this season, whilst Atletico have a win and a draw going into this clash.

The last time these sides met the Reds lost on aggregate at Anfield in the round of 16 of the 2019/20 Champions League season.

Jurgen Klopp will desperate to exercise some demons from that night, and this could be the perfect chance to do that.

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