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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has admitted Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is the toughest opponent he has faced.
Abraham came up against Van Dijk when the two sides met in the Premier League last month, and it was Van Dijk who got the better of the young Chelsea striker.
To Abraham’s credit, he tops the Premier League’s scoring chart with 8 goals, but he was well marked by Van Dijk, and Abraham has now revealed what it’s like to face the experienced centre-half who was named among the best three players in the world.
“He’s a beast,” declared Abraham. “He’s just good at what he does. He’s experienced. I try to do a little… I try to use my tricks in my head but his understanding of the game is top drawer.
“It is to do with little things. Movement. My movement in the box, some defenders don’t pay attention to me – they are only focussed on the ball.
“With him, it’s kind of both, he’s paying attention to me and the ball, knows where I am, knows where I want to go, follows me.
“It’s quite annoying for a striker – just leave me alone!”