Barcelona Vs Liverpool: “We Are Ready For ‘Best Player In The World’ Messi” – Virgil Van Dijk Says

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Virgil van Dijk insists Liverpool will show no fear when they come up against Lionel Messi in the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.

The commanding Dutch centre-back believes the Argentinian attacker, who has plundered 46 goals already this season, belongs in a class of his own.

However, Van Dijk is confident that a collective effort from Jurgen Klopp’s side can help keep Messi quiet in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final in Catalonia.

“I think he is the best player in the world,” Van Dijk said.

“But you see how we play, how we defend, we don’t defend one v one, we defend all together and we attack all together as well so we will see, we will be ready.

“The situation is that we are in the semi-final against Barcelona and we are going to face the best player in the world but it is not only him, the whole team has a lot of quality.

“We will prepare well and that is what we are going to do. We have also a very good team so we can compete there as well so it is not like we are going there for a holiday or something.”

Van Dijk was part of the Celtic side thrashed 6-1 by Barcelona in a group stage game at the Nou Camp in December 2013.

It was a chastening experience for the £75million defender but it proved to be an important part of his development.

Van Dijk said: “It is a nice stadium, a historic stadium and for me it was a great experience to play over there.

“If you lose 6-1, as a defender, you can’t say you had a good game but the good thing for me personally was I took a lot of experience from that night and that helped me.

“It was my first time, my only time and my last time so far so I am looking forward to playing them again. They are one of the best teams in the world but I think this can be totally different than when I was there last time.”

“Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world but anything can happen.”
Liverpool Echo

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