Abraham names this Liverpool Defender as Toughest Opponent He’s Faced

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Liverpool's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk (L) marks Chelsea's English striker Tammy Abraham (R) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London on September 22, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Chelsea Striker Tammy Abraham has admitted Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is the most difficult opponent he has come up against so far in his burgeoning career.

Abraham, who recently rejected the chance to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, will end the uncertainty surrounding his international future when he features for the Three Lions in the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

 

The Chelsea striker came up against the Dutch defender at Stamford Bridge last month with Liverpool running out 2-1 winners in that particular fixture.

 

Abraham did well, and spurned a one-on-one chance he had in the first-half, but van Dijk was mostly domineering and mostly had the better of the promising striker.

 

However, the 22-year-old who has scored 8 goals in 8 Premier League games was left feeling frustrated when lining up against Van Dijk and he has this say;

 

“He’s a beast,” Abraham told the Mirror. “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 focused 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!”

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