Erling Haaland has described Virgil van Dijk as an “incredible player”, and explained why he struggled to get the better of the Liverpool centre-back in the Champions League.
Haaland came up against Van Dijk on two occasions during the group stages of Europe’s elite competition with Red Bull Salzburg in the first half of the season.
The Norwegian frontman found the net in a 4-3 defeat at Anfield, but had very little joy when the Reds earned a 2-0 victory at Red Bull Arena, which ensured that Salzburg dropped into the Europa League.
Haaland is in no hurry to pit his wits against Van Dijk again any time soon, however, as he told France Football when asked what kind of defender he hates coming across: “Van Dijk. He is so good.
“He is powerful, quick, he possesses all the qualities. He is an incredible player.”
It has been suggested that Haaland is using Dortmund as a stepping stone, but he insists he is “very happy” in Germany and eager to “achieve many things” with the club after committing to a four-and-a-half-year deal.
“I have just arrived. I am very happy here. I want to achieve many things,” he added.
“I am only concentrating on that. The stadium here gives me goose bumps, and I feel well here.”