Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has backed Manchester Metropolis striker Erling Haaland to shine in his debut season within the Premier League, evaluating him with new Reds signing Darwin Nunez.
Haaland, who joined Metropolis from Borussia Dortmund for £51 million, made his aggressive debut for his new membership in a 3-1 defeat in opposition to the Reds within the Group Protect on July 30. The 22-year-old, although, didn’t impress in his first outing, lacking two clear alternatives.
Chatting with The Occasions (by way of Anfield Watch), Van Dijk shared his two cents on the Norwegian after marking him for your complete recreation on Saturday. He lauded the Metropolis participant, saying:
“He (Haaland) will make defenders’ lives in England horrible. He is so direct; he has every little thing; he can head the ball; he’s fast; we saved him at bay. He had perhaps two possibilities, however apart from that, we did nicely collectively. I am not going to offer him an excessive amount of recommendation, however I feel he’ll know he has to concentrate on his personal recreation and never fear about what others need to say.”
“There’s strain with others coming in for an enormous price ticket. What are you able to do about that? You come right into a membership to carry out; the membership pays an enormous switch charge; you possibly can’t management that. It’s a must to hold your head down, and on this case, rating as many objectives for Manchester Metropolis as attainable. That is the identical for Darwin in our case, and, hopefully, we are able to see Darwin scoring extra.”
Nunez arrived at Anfield from Benfica in a deal value as much as £85 million. He acquired off to a superb begin with the Reds final weekend. After approaching instead within the Group Protect, Nunez helped his staff earn a penalty and likewise scored a deft header on his debut.
Haaland netted 27 objectives and offered 5 assists in 29 video games for Borussia Dortmund final season. In the meantime, Nunez registered 34 objectives and 4 assists in 41 outings for Benfica. Each strikers will hope to mild up the Premier League, coming off productive campaigns.
Roberto Firmino breaks silence on his Liverpool future
In line with the Liverpool Echo, striker Roberto Firmino has attracted a £19.5 million bid from Juventus this summer time, however the 30-year-old has put his Liverpool exit rumours to relaxation. Chatting with TNT Sports activities Brasil, he stated:
“I like this staff, this metropolis and the followers. I am right here. I need to keep, in fact.”
The Brazilian has registered 98 objectives and 74 assists in 327 video games throughout competitions for Liverpool. He scored 11 objectives and offered 5 assists final season will hope for higher returns this time.