Erling Haaland insists he ‘doesn’t worry anybody’ as he prepares to face Virgil van Dijk in Wednesday’s World Cup qualifying opener between Norway and the Netherlands.
Haaland, who has emerged as the most effective strikers on the planet at Borussia Dortmund, final got here up towards the Dutchman when he performed for RB Salzburg in 2019, the place scored a purpose in a 4-Three Champions League defeat at Anfield.
Van Dijk is taken into account the most effective defenders in world soccer and Haaland is relishing the battle with the Liverpool defender.
In a press convention, when was requested for his views on Van Dijk, he responded: “I do probably not worry anybody, I believe he’s the perfect defender.
“I believe fairly a number of others within the room agree with me on that. He’s quick, robust and ‘unhealthy’ sensible, and there are three essential issues you should have.
“I’ve performed towards him twice, I’ve mentioned that he’s the perfect I’ve met. He is an effective participant, so now we have to attempt to mess around him.”
The Dortmund hitman, who hit 41 targets in 41 appearances throughout all competitions final season, says his all spherical recreation has improved since he final met Van Dijk.
“I’ve developed on scoring targets, though I scored rather a lot in Salzburg as properly,” he added. “I’ve turn out to be greater, quicker, smarter and a greater finisher, however I’ve rather a lot to go on, and that’s good, as a result of then I will be a lot better
“He [Van Dijk] has that too. Persons are always evolving. It’s a Netherlands workforce filled with different stars, however he’s the perfect there. I’m trying ahead to assembly him, nevertheless it’s nonetheless cool that he’s taking part in.”
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