Virgl van Djik looks ahead to showdown with Lionel Messi

Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk

Liverpool star defender Virgil van Dijk admits it's going to be 'very hard' to stop FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi when the two sides lock horns in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

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Messi was in fine form as he netted a brace in Barca's 3-0 win over Liverpool's rivals, Manchester United, in the quarter-final round on Tuesday.

Van Dijk has received a lot of plaudits for his performances in the Reds defence this season, but he admits the clash will be a great match-up for the club.

“How are we going to do it? I don’t know, we’ll see,” a smiling Van Dijk told the club's official website.

“It’s going to be a great match-up for all of us. It’s about doing it all together, it’s never one v one, it’s never just me against a particular striker.

“It’s always us against everyone and I think that’s the only we can defend well.

“It’s going to be very hard (to stop Messi). I think he’s the best player in the world but we’ll see. We’re very happy to be in the semi-final again."

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