Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk, renowned for his defensive prowess, has revealed the four toughest strikers he has faced throughout his illustrious career. Having encountered some of the world’s premier forwards in both the Premier League and the Champions League, the Dutchman named AC Milan’s Olivier Giroud, the now-retired Sergio Aguero, Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, and Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus as the most challenging opponents.
Van Dijk’s acknowledgment of Giroud underscores the French striker’s impact, particularly in European competitions. Known for his physicality and goal-scoring prowess, Giroud has left a lasting impression on the Liverpool captain.
Sergio Aguero, although retired from professional football, remains in Van Dijk’s memory as one of the toughest strikers he faced. Aguero’s prolific goal-scoring record and ability to navigate opposition defenses made him a formidable adversary on the pitch.
Erling Haaland, the young sensation from Manchester City, features prominently in Van Dijk’s list. The Norwegian striker’s explosive speed and clinical finishing have marked him as a rising star in the football world.
Completing the quartet is Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal, known for his agility and versatility in leading the attack. Van Dijk’s recognition of Jesus highlights the Brazilian striker’s impact against top-tier defenders.
Van Dijk said: “Olivier Giroud. He always manages to score in one way or another.
“I can’t forget Agüero, who was very strong, Haaland as well obviously, and Gabriel Jesus too.”