Van Dijk admits it will be difficult to stop Lionel Messi in UCL semi-finals
Not once has Virgil van Dijk been called ‘the best defender in the world’ following this seasons’ performances, but even he is afraid of Lionel Messi’s skills, ahead of their UCL encounter.
The Argentine scored twice against Manchester United on Thursday, including one amazing goal, which left the entire world amazed. Therefore, there’s no wonder that Liverpool’s defender is looking forward to a serious challenge.
In a recent interview, Van Dijk was asked how he plans to stop Messi, but his answer was incredibly honest.
“I don’t know, we’ll see. It’s going to be a great match-up for all of us,” he told Viasport.
“Obviously we’re very happy to be in the semi-final again and that’s the only thing I can say. It’s going to be very hard and I think he’s the best player in the world but we’ll see.”
Jurgen Klopp is also preparing for the clash with Barcelona, but he’s also focusing on the Premier League, as Liverpool maintain their chances of securing an important double this season: the domestic title and the UEFA Champions League trophy. As a matter of fact, it’s more important to win points now than to think about meeting Messi and Co, since there’s still some time left.
“I’m really happy about the fact that we play them. We will find things where we think we probably could use it or whatever, but on the other hand side, I don’t care,” the German manager admitted.