Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has said he does not know how his side will stop Barcelona's Lionel Messi when they face each other in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
The Reds booked their spot in the last four after beating Porto 6-1 on aggregate, while Barcelona secured their place by beating Manchester United 4-0 on aggregate.
"I don't know, we'll see," Virgil van Dijk said when asked how he plans to stop Messi. "It's going to be a great match-up for all of us.
"Obviously we're very happy to be in the semi-final again and that's the only thing I can say.
The Dutchman believes a collective effort is required to halt Messi, who has scored 45 goals this season, two of which helped Barca beat Manchester United 4-0 on aggregate to progress to the last four.
"It's about doing it all together, it's never one versus one, it's never just me against a particular striker.
"It's always us against everyone and I think that's the only way we can defend well.
"It's going to be very hard and I think he's the best player in the world but we'll see."
The dates for the semi-final were confirmed by UEFA early on Thursday morning, with Liverpool set to travel to the Nou Camp on Wednesday 1st May before Barcelona head to Anfield for the return leg the following Tuesday.
The battle between Van Dijk and Messi will be crucial in determining who will progress to the final at the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1st with the victors knowing they will have a fantastic opportunity to lift the Champions League this season.
(Featured Image: Facebook/Virgil van Dijk)
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