Virgil Van Dijk says Liverpool will not man-mark Messi in UCL showdown

Virgil Van Dijk says Liverpool will not man-mark Messi in UCL showdown

- Virgil Van Dijk has revealed that Liverpool are ready for their Champions League clash against Barcelona

- The PFA Player of the Year insisted that the Reds will not man-mark Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou

- Van Dijk also added that the Premier League tussle with Manchester City will go down the wire

Virgil van Dijk has insisted he is not intimidated with the challenge of trying to stop Lionel Messi when Liverpool clash with Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Reds will travel to Camp Nou for the first leg in what is expected to be an explosive contest between both sides.

Over the weekend, Messi and co were confirmed La Liga champions and the Catalan giants are now eyeing a treble.

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The Argentine talisman has scored 46 goals in all competitions this season, with ten of them coming in the Champions League, but Van Dijk does not fear Messi.

"I think he is the best player in the world," Van Dijk, who was crowned PFA Players' Player of the Year last week, said. "But you see how we play and how we defend.

"We don't defend one on one, we defend all together and we attack all together as well so we will see. We will be ready.

"The situation is that we are in the semi-final against Barcelona and we are going to face the best player in the world but it is not only him, the whole team has a lot of quality.

"We will prepare well and we have also a very good team so we can compete there. It is not like we are going there for a holiday."

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Jurgen Klopp's side are also in contention for the Premier League title as they are just one point behind rivals Manchester City.

And with two games left, Van Dijk believes the title race will go down the wire

"I see what we have. I see the players we have, I see the management and the way we play football so it is not really a big surprise but you still have do it and we have to do it on Wednesday.

"It is going to be unbelievably tough because Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world but anything can happen. You need to be ready for problems and we will be. We are going to try everything to go through to the final." he added.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Barcelona will welcome Liverpool to the Camp Nou in an anticipated semi final clash as Tottenham will slug it out with Ajax at the new White Hart lane.

Many questions are being asked on who will emerge champions in the 2018-19 season as the elite competition look to produce a new winner after Real Madrid dominated in the last three seasons. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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