Dislocated fingers, incredible strength and deadly battles – Erling Haaland v Virgil van Dijk will make Liverpool v Manchester City the Premier League game to look forward to after transfer


Liverpool vs Manchester City is about to get a whole lot tastier now that Erling Haaland has joined the Premier League.

The transfer pits one of the best young strikers in the world against Virgil van Dijk, one of football’s best defenders.

Van Dijk and Haaland will get to know each other better next season
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Dislocated fingers, incredible strength and deadly battles – Erling Haaland v Virgil van Dijk will make Liverpool v Manchester City the Premier League game to look forward to after transfer
They are two of the best in their positions and the striker and defender have a lot of respect for each other.
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The two have met before and their duels have included broken fingers, feats of strength and a lot of mutual respect.

Known for his strength and speed as well as his eye for goal, Haaland managed to score against Van Dijk in a 2019 Champions League group game when the striker was at RB Salzburg.

But, in the second leg, Haaland was shown who was boss when Van Dijk’s pace chased him and passed the ball.

However, after handling him well a few years ago, Van Dijk discovered how good Haaland had become since moving to Dortmund.

The pair faced off in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers between Norway and the Netherlands in September, and City’s new star scored against the Liverpool defender.

And it wasn’t just one goal that left Haaland on van Dijk’s mind. The pair had such a fiery encounter that the striker ended up accidentally dislocating his opponent’s finger.

Dislocated fingers, incredible strength and deadly battles – Erling Haaland v Virgil van Dijk will make Liverpool v Manchester City the Premier League game to look forward to after transfer
Haaland looked sure to score as he pulled away from the Liverpool defense
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Dislocated fingers, incredible strength and deadly battles – Erling Haaland v Virgil van Dijk will make Liverpool v Manchester City the Premier League game to look forward to after transfer
But the Liverpool star exercised his dominance
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Van Dijk wasn’t the happiest, as Haaland recalled. “I don’t know how it happened. He just said, “Holy shit, you broke my finger,” he later explained.

Van Dijk spent the rest of the game with his finger wrapped after being treated by medical staff.

But despite the painful incident, the centre-back still acknowledges how impressive Haaland is.

Dislocated fingers, incredible strength and deadly battles – Erling Haaland v Virgil van Dijk will make Liverpool v Manchester City the Premier League game to look forward to after transfer
It will be interesting to see who emerges victorious in this Premier League duel next season.
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Dislocated fingers, incredible strength and deadly battles – Erling Haaland v Virgil van Dijk will make Liverpool v Manchester City the Premier League game to look forward to after transfer
Van Dijk’s finger laid bare the weight of the fierce battle between the two
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Dislocated fingers, incredible strength and deadly battles – Erling Haaland v Virgil van Dijk will make Liverpool v Manchester City the Premier League game to look forward to after transfer
And he needed his finger wrapped when he dislocated it
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Dislocated fingers, incredible strength and deadly battles – Erling Haaland v Virgil van Dijk will make Liverpool v Manchester City the Premier League game to look forward to after transfer
Haaland swapped Borussia Dortmund for Man City
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“Haaland is a special striker because he is so strong,” said the Liverpool star. “He’s quick, he has all the attributes to make a defender’s life very difficult.”

The feeling is certainly mutual for the 21-year-old, describing Van Dijk as the toughest defender he has played against.

“You know how big he is, how strong he is and how fast he is, and also the timing is crazy,” Haaland said of him last year.

“I don’t think I won a single duel against him because he’s a physical monster.”

City have been without a senior striker since the departure of club legend Sergio Aguero last summer, but they have coped well.

It is now hoped that Haaland will step up a gear.

Break out your popcorn for this one next season…

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