Erling Haaland started on the bench as RB Salzburg headed to Liverpool in October 2019, but came off to score as his side notched three times.
The young forward was a handful for a Liverpool back four that included Van Dijk.
And now, Fjortoft has claimed that after that match, Van Dijk left his interview when asked about Haaland.
“The first time I saw him [Haaland] live was at Anfield when he came on and I was amazed that this young kid created so much space. He scored one goal but he could have had three or four - he was unbelievable.
“I was amazed how he created space and how I define that is how his runs are wise and experienced. “After the game, I interviewed Van Dijk, who I always like to interview because he is a gentleman, and I said ‘I have to ask you about the Norwegian, Erling Haland’ and he just said: ‘Well, we won the game’. So I said ‘Yes, but what do you think about him?’.
“Van Dijk said: ‘I didn’t see a lot of him’ and he was a bit angry because there was some mistakes done and I said ‘It’s a good sign for a striker when a defender says he didn’t see him!’ - and then he just went away.”
Haaland and Van Dijk will clash again on Sunday at Anfield and the Dutchman is in danger of losing a long-standing record.
Van Dijk has never lost a league game for Liverpool at Anfield, but that could very well change this weekend.