Rio Ferdinand criticises Lukaku ahead of meeting Van Dijk

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he’s looking forward to seeing Virgil van Dijk against new Chelsea signing Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku was a beast against Arsenal as he made a fool of Pablo Mari and Rob Holding.

Chelsea travel to Anfield this weekend, and Lukaku vs Van Dijk is the battle many would love to see.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he wasn’t too impressed with Lukaku’s hold up play outside the box against Arsenal and is keen to see how Van Dijk would handle the Belgian.

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“I still think Lukaku’s hold-up play outside of the box sometimes leaves a bit to be desired,” Ferdinand said on Vibe with FIVE.

“But when you play the ball into him in and around the box, my man’s touch is like glue.

“He bullies people, he was like a sixth former playing against first years, that’s what he made the Arsenal centre-backs look like, they didn’t know how to deal with him.

“[Pablo] Mari was an embarrassment, he didn’t know what to do.

“The way they defended against him… where’s Per Mertesacker or someone like that who’s in the building? Please tell them what to do.

“Before the game starts you tell them, ‘do not get into a physical battle with him, sometimes let him have a touch of the ball then you hit him, if you let him grip you he’s going to roll you and control the whole situation’.

“He could’ve scored three or four goals if the ball had bounced right.

“It’ll be interesting next week when we see him against [Virgil] Van Dijk, someone who can handle physicality, someone who will match him set for step for pace, and who’s cute, who’s an intelligent defender.”

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