“He will make lives horrible for Premier League players” – Van Dijk hails Manchester City star

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk believes Manchester City striker Erling Haaland will “make defenders’ lives horrible” in the 2022-23 campaign.

Haaland failed to score as Manchester City lost 3-1 to Liverpool in the Community Shield on Saturday.

Van Dijk said: “The focus is always the same for every striker.

“He obviously has a lot of qualities that can make life difficult for defenders. He will make defenders’ lives in England horrible!

“He’s so direct. He has everything; he can head the ball, he’s quick. But today we kept him at bay. He had one chance, well two chances, but other than that we did well together.”