Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has hailed the impact of Arsenal frontmen Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ahead of their crunch Premier League game tonight.
Van Dijk, regarded by most as the Premier League’s most formidable defender, will be up against arguably the most feared strike force in the league at Anfield.
Arsenal and Liverpool last faced in December last year with the Reds coming out on top 5-1 thanks to an electric display from Roberto Firmino up top.
But Aubameyang and Lacazette will be hoping they can put in a devastating performance of their own, as both sides look to maintain their 100 per cent records this season.
Van Dijk has admitted that both the Gabonese and French strikers’ pace could be a problem during the game.
“They’re fantastic finishers, both of them,” he told The Times.
“They’ve got pace, but overall Arsenal are just a great team.”
Van Dijk went on to speak about Liverpool’s impressive 2018/19 season which saw the Reds win a Champions League and come close to winning the Premier League.
“I know every player in our team can do even better than last year,” he added.
“Everything that happened last year shouldn’t really count. I’m proud of what we achieved.
“I was still up in the clouds and very happy, that’s normal as the Champions League is not something you win every year.
“It’s on us to show from scratch that we want to go for it again. Is it going to help us win the league? I don’t think so.”
Liverpool also won the Super Cup earlier this season after overcoming Chelsea on penalties.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have picked up victories over both Newcastle and Burnley – games that both Aubameyang and Lacazette have scored in.