Deeney says he has “hate” for Van Dijk

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Watford forward Troy Deeney has praised Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk.

The Englishman has admitted that he has “hate” for the big Dutchman as he finds him so difficult to get the better of when they clash on the pitch.

“I’ve said it many times, I hate him!” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“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!

“When he runs past you, it’s like ‘I can’t catch you’.”

The experienced striker also praised Van Dijk’s defensive partner at Anfield and backed Joe Gomez to go on to become an England regular for many years to come.

“I’ve said for a very long time that I’ve got a massive respect for Joe Gomez.” he continued.

“He could be England’s centre-half for the next fifteen years. He is a beast of a player.

“And going next to someone like Van Dijk, he is only going to get better.” he finished.

Deeney will next come up against Liverpool’s defensive duo in the Premier League when Jurgen Klopp takes his side to Vicarage Road on 24th November.

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