Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has revealed how they plan to stop Erling Haaland when they face Manchester City in their upcoming Premier League match.
The Merseyside outfit host the defending Premier League champions at Anfield on Sunday. The match kicks-off at 9:00pm Indian Standard Time.
And one player Liverpool will have to be certainly wary of is Erling Haaland, who joined Man City in the summer transfer window. The 22-year-old Norwegian international has instantly hit the ground running at Man City.
He has already racked up 20 goals for the Manchester outfit from just 13 matches so far this season. Haaland scored 15 of those in the Premier League, where he has made just nine appearances.
Virgil van Dijk reveals how Liverpool plans to stop Erling Haaland
Also Read: Liverpool News: Arthur Melo Is Determined to Fight for His Place at Anfield
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Manchester City, Van Dijk revealed how they plan to stop Haaland.
The Netherlands international said Liverpool have to stop Haaland from getting balls and defend at the highest level and be back to their best.
However, Van Dijk also stressed it is Liverpool vs Man City and not him vs Haaland. “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,” Van Dijk said.
“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.“
Meanwhile, Liverpool goes into the game on the back of their 7-1 thrashing of Rangers in their Champions League group stage match. Mo Salah scored a hat-trick, Roberto Firmino bagged a brace and Harvey Elliot and Darwin Nunez netted a goal each for Liverpool in that game.
But Liverpool have struggled in the Premier League this season. They sit 11th in the Premier League points table with just 10 points from eight matches. Speaking after Liverpool fell to a 3-2 defeat to Arsenal in their previous league game, manager Jurgen Klopp ruled the Reds out of the title race.
The Merseyside outfit is already 14 points behind league leaders Arsenal. But the Reds have a game in hand.