Liverpool’s backline prepare to face the Premier League top scorer this weekend.
Virgil van Dijk believes Liverpool must limit the number of passes that reach Erling Haaland to control him on Sunday.
The Norwegian striker has taken the Premier League by storm since joining Manchester City this summer.
Having already scored 20 goals for the Citizens, Haaland is City’s most lethal weapon up front. However, Van Dijk believes controlling the passes that reach Haaland is even more important than physical duels with the former Borussia Dortmund striker.
“He’s been on fire, you can’t say anything else,” Van Dijk told Manchester Evening News.
“I remember after the Community Shield where a lot of people have been writing him off, I remember I was saying, ‘listen, this guy is going to cause so many defenders nightmares’.”
He added: “We have to try to stop the balls going to him, defend at the highest level, and be at our best, and that’s what we always have to be against City and that’s not going to be any different on Sunday.
“It’s something we should look forward to, it’s definitely not me against him, it’s all of us versus all of them. It’s the outside world that creates battles, one versus one and all this stuff.
“We want to stop them scoring, regardless of who it is on the pitch. But we know he’s quite good.”