Erling Haaland anticipating battle against this Premier League star

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Manchester City striker Erling Haaland insists he is not fretting over the possibility of facing Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk in the Premier League this season.

The Norwegian also pointed to the fact he has done well when playing against the Reds centre-back in the past.

“It’s not me versus Virgil. It’s not one against one. It’s 11 versus 11,” Erling Haaland told FourFourTwo when asked about facing Virgil van Dijk.

“I know he and I will be up against each other, but I’ll also be against Alisson and the rest of their defence.

“This is modern, top-class football – it’s about more than good individuals. We have to be great as a team, working together. It’s important not to look at individual battles too much.

“It’s always nice to face the best and that’s what Van Dijk is. I’ve played against him a few times, and he’s a really good guy as well as an exceptional footballer.

“I like to play against him because he may be the best in the world. But I have scored at Anfield and for Norway against the Netherlands…”