Troy Deeney has admitted that he ‘hates’ coming up against Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk – because he’s ‘too big, too strong, too quick and too good on the ball’.
The Watford striker, who has scored twice this season to help his side climb to fourth in the Premier League table, is due to face Van Dijk when Jurgen Klopp‘s high-flying side travel to Vicarage Road on November 24.
But after taking on the £75million defender during a 5-0 thrashing at Anfield back in March, Deeney is not looking forward to going toe-to-toe with him again.
Watford striker Troy Deeney (right) has revealed why he hates facing Virgil van Dijk (left)
Deeney is pushing for an England call-up after impressing in the early stages of this season
September 26 – Tottenham (A), Carabao Cup
September 29 – Arsenal (A)
October 6 – Bournemouth (H)
October 20 – Wolves (A)
October 27 – Huddersfield (H)
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‘I’ve said it many times, I hate him,’ Deeney told BBC Radio 5 Live’s The Monday Night Club. ‘I hate going up against him.
‘He’s too big, too strong, too quick, too good on the ball, loves fighting, a good head of hair.’
Deeney, who is pushing for an England call-up after a promising start to the season with the Hornets, also joked about Van Dijk’s choice of aftershave.
He added: ‘One of those guys that sprays on his top as well, so it smells lovely! When he runs past you, it’s like ‘I can’t catch you, but…”
Van Dijk has formed an impressive partnership with Joe Gomez for Liverpool this season and Deeney believes the young Englishman has a big future ahead of him.
Van Dijk and Deeney battle for the ball during the Dutchman’s time as a Southampton player
Deeney believes Joe Gomez (right) can continue to grow as a player alongside Van Dijk
‘I’ve said for a very long time that I’ve got a massive respect for Joe Gomez,’ the former Walsall man said.
‘He could be England’s centre half for the next 15 years.
‘He is a beast of a player. And going next to someone like Van Dijk, he is only going to get better.’