Van Dijk names toughest opponent to mark; aims cheeky jibe at Robertson

Date published: Tuesday 31st March 2020 8:18 - Steve Pearson


Liverpool centre-half Virgil van Dijk fired a cheeky shot Andrew Robertson’s way in a Twitter Q and A, while also revealing who the toughest opponent he’s ever had to mark was.

The Dutch colossus has been everything the Reds could’ve hoped for when they smashed the world record fee for a defender in January, 2018.

In just over two years at Anfield, Van Dijk has transformed the Reds defence from an afterthought to a veritable strength, and has been influential as the Reds have returned to trophy-winning ways.

However, with the football world currently in limbo due to the coronavirus pandemic, Van Dijk turned his attentions to a Twitter Q and A on his official page.

Predictably, when asked who was the toughest opponent he ever faced, Van Dijk named Barcelona legend and all-time great Lionel Messi. However, the Dutchman listed a Premier League hitman when specifically asked who was the hardest player to mark.

That honour went to Manchester City’s lethal striker Sergio Aguero.

The Argentine has been one of the most feared and consistent forwards in Premier League history, notching an incredible 180 league goals from 261 appearances in his nine+ years in England.

Known for his clinical finishing, tremendous core strength and low centre of gravity, it’s no surprise to see Van Dijk name the City hero as his toughest one-on-one opponent.

There was a parting shot fired to the bows of fellow Liverpool star Andy Robertson, however, when Van Dijk responded to the question of who was the best dancer at the club.

Rather than answer the question directly, Van Dijk responded with the following:

Meanwhile, former Reds favourite Michael Owen has revealed the factors that prevented him from rejoining the club upon his return to the country from his time with Real Madrid.

Owen spent one seasons in LaLiga before returning to the Premier League with his heart set on an emotional reunion at Liverpool.

Owen said: “I did everything. It was agreed I was going to leave Madrid, the president came to see me before the last game of the season and they wanted to buy Sergio Ramos from Sevilla and needed the money from my sale to buy him.

“I flew back to Liverpool and then Newcastle had made an offer of £16m and the president said to me you either go to Newcastle of you stay.

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