Lionel Messi reveals why Virgil van Dijk is tough to play against
Lionel Messi reveals why Virgil van Dijk is tough to play against
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Lionel Messi reveals why Virgil van Dijk is tough to play against

Lionel Messi has finally revealed why he found it tough to play against Virgil van Dijk after Liverpool eliminated Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals last season.

Liverpool staged an improbable comeback in the tie after going down 3-0 at Camp Nou in the first leg but emerged 4-0 winners in the return clash to book a slot in the finals. Messi scored a brace in the 3-0 win but struggled to assert any dominance in the second leg as Barcelona crumbled.

In an interview with Marca, Messi revealed why he struggled against van Dijk, "He is a defender that knows how to judge the timing and wait for the right moment to get in or hold on. He is very fast and big, but he has a lot of agility for his height.

"He is fast because of its great stride and is impressive, both in defense and attack because he scores many goals."

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