Virgil van Dijk says he told everyone that Erling Haaland is a 'nightmare' after Liverpool's Community Shield win
The Reds have had a shocking start to the season. They are already 14 points behind league leaders Arsenal, and a defeat tomorrow against the defending champions will almost definitely rule them out of the title race.
Haaland could well be the man to crush Liverpool’s dreams tomorrow.
Virgil van Dijk says he told everyone that Erling Haaland is a ‘nightmare’
When Liverpool and Manchester City last met, it was Jurgen Klopp’s side who picked up the win. Haaland struggled against Van Dijk, Darwin Nunez scored, and it was one happy evening for Reds fans.
If you had told anyone then that Liverpool would win just two league games in the next three months, they would’ve laughed in your face, but that’s exactly what has happened.
People laughed at Haaland after the Community Shield. He was written off by many, but Van Dijk claims he knew right then that the Norwegian would be a huge problem for all the defenders in the Premier League.
The Dutchman told TV2: “I remember after the Community Shield where a lot of people have been writing him off. I remember I was saying: ‘Listen, this guy is going to cause so many defenders nightmares’.
“He’s shown it, he’s been showing a consistent level and obviously in a team like City where chances will always come.”
Asked how he plans on stopping Haaland, he said: “We have to try to stop the balls going to him, defend at the highest level, and be at our best, and that’s what we always have to be against City and that’s not going to be any different on Sunday.
“It’s something we should look forward to, it’s definitely not me against him, it’s all of us versus all of them. It’s the outside world that creates battles, one versus one and all this stuff. We want to stop them scoring, regardless of who it is on the pitch. But we know he’s quite good.”
Haaland really does look unstoppable, doesn’t he?
The Norwegian has scored 20 goals already in all competitions and he is almost certain to win the Golden Boot. He’s on course to break all sorts of records in the coming months, but if there’s one man who can keep him quiet, it’s Van Dijk.
The Dutchman has had an awful season, he’ll admit that himself. He has looked nothing like the player he has been over the last few years, but we all know how form is temporary and class is permanent.
The battle at Anfield tomorrow between Haaland and Van Dijk will definitely be a joy to watch.