Troy Deeney on Virgil van Dijk: “I’ve said it many times, I hate him”

Watford captain Troy Deeney admits that playing against Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is incredibly tough.

The Reds have conceded just once in their first six Premier League games with the Dutch international proving to be vital.

The striker also praised van Dijk’s defensive partner Joe Gomez who he claims his the future of English football.

Troy Deeney on Virgil van Dijk: “He’s too big, too strong, too quick…”

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – AUGUST 19: Troy Deeney of Watford celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Watford FC at Turf Moor on August 19, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Since his arrival from Southampton, much has been made of Virgil van Dijk’s impact at Anfield.

The 27-year-old has vastly improved Jurgen Klopp’s defence – which had been a real issue up until his world record transfer.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Deeney admitted:

“I’ve said it many times, I hate him. 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.

“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…’.”

Troy Deeney on Joe Gomez: “England’s centre-half for the next 15 years”

Joe Gomez

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Joe Gomez of Liverpool looks on from the bench during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

An ankle injury forced Joe Gomez to watch England reach the World Cup semi-finals over the summer.

However, the 21-year-old will have many more opportunities, according to Deeney.

The Watford man claims that Gomez is the future of the Three Lions’ defence.

Deeney added:

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

“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.”

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