Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has endorsed Manchester City striker Erling Haaland to shine in his debut season in the Premier League, comparing him to the Reds’ new signing Darwin Nunez.
Haaland, who joined City from Borussia Dortmund for £51m, made his competitive debut for his new club in a 3-1 defeat by the Reds in the Community Shield on July 30. However, the 22-year-old failed to impress in his first outing, missing two clear chances.
Speaking to The Times (via Anfield Watch), Van Dijk shared his two cents with the Norwegian after tagging him for the entire game on Saturday. He praised the City player, saying:
“He (Haaland) is going to make life for defenders in England terrible. He’s so direct; he’s got everything; he can head the ball; he’s fast; we kept him in check. He had maybe two chances but that aside , We did well together. I’m not going to give him too much advice, but I think he’ll know that he needs to focus on his own game and not worry about what others have to say.”
“There’s pressure from others who come for a high price. What can you do about it? You come to a club to perform; the club pays a high transfer fee; you can’t control that. You have to keep your head down, and in this case to score as many goals as possible for Manchester City. The same goes for Darwin in our case and hopefully we can see Darwin score more goals.”
Nunez arrived at Anfield from Benfica in a deal worth up to £85million. He had a brilliant start with the Reds last weekend. After coming on as a substitute in the Community Shield, Nunez helped his team earn a penalty and also pulled in a skillful header on his debut.
Haaland scored 27 goals and provided five assists in 29 games for Borussia Dortmund last season. Meanwhile, Nunez has recorded 34 goals and four assists in 41 games for Benfica. Both forwards will be hoping to make the Premier League shine after productive campaigns.
Roberto Firmino breaks silence on his Liverpool future
According to the Liverpool Echo, striker Roberto Firmino received a £19.5million bid from Juventus this summer but the 30-year-old has put his rumors of Liverpool exit to rest. Speaking to TNT Sports Brasil, he said:
“I love this team, this city and the fans. I’m here. Of course I want to stay.”
The Brazilian has recorded 98 goals and 74 assists in 327 games in all competitions for Liverpool. He scored 11 goals and provided five assists last season. This time we hope for better results.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/news-he-will-make-defenders-lives-england-horrible-liverpool-star-makes-erling-haaland-claim-compares-darwin-nunez?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “He will make defenders’ lives in England horrible”