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Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and Liverpool at Anfield, Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud insists he’s not intimidated by the prospect of facing Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Dutch international is a contender for PFA Player of the Year having helped turn Liverpool’s once porous defence into the meanest in the Premier League.

Giroud has impressed for Chelsea this season in the Europa League and the France international scored the winning goal when Chelsea met Liverpool at the back end of last season and also got the better of Van Dijk in a recent international friendly.

Speaking about the prospect of facing Van Dijk again, Giroud said: “I played against him personally a few times and it has always been a tough position because he is very good and very strong, but I’ve scored a few goals playing against his teams.

“I played against him in the Netherlands when we played recently but I won last year and scored at Stamford Bridge and scored the winner at the Stade de France against the Netherlands a few months ago.

“We don’t have to be scared and no matter who plays we will be 100% focused on winning the game.”

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