Virgil Van Dijk Meets 7'6 NBA Star Tacko Fall
Virgil van Dijk was made to look like an average sized man when he met Boston Celtic center Tacko Fall during Liverpool's pre season tour of America.
Premier League stats prove that it's pretty difficult to dribble past Virgil van Dijk but strikers will also attest to the fact that winning a header is also difficult against the big Dutchman, who stands at 6'3.
However the Liverpool defender was made to look even shorter than the average man when he met Boston Celtics' players Tacko Fall and Grant Williams, with Fall standing at 7'6.
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That reaction from @VirgilvDijk :scream:@tackofall99 and @Grant2Will from @celtics got quite the reception from the Reds last night :eyes::red_circle: pic.twitter.com/eaMa7K5PLQ
- Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 22, 2019
"What. He will eat me alive, for breakfast," just sums up how most strikers coming up against the Liverpool backline felt last season.
The introduction of the former Southampton centre back in January 2018 turned things around for the past 18 months for Klopp's team.
With Van Dijk in the side, and Alisson Becker being signed by Roma, the Reds went from a team who felt like they needed to score three goals just to win a game to one that could easily beat sides by keeping a clean sheet.
Klopp, obviously a man with an eye for talent, even suggested upon meeting 'Tacko' that the 23-year-old might make the perfect striker.
He compared the Senegalese center to former Liverpool forward Peter Crouch but that's not really the type of striker the German's team at Anfield has really been built on.
Tacko's movement around the court might be more suited to Klopp's 'heavy metal' style of play, that helped lead them to the Champions League title last season.
Last season's Premier League runners up are currently in America for their pre season preparations as part of the International Champions Cup.
The Reds have lost to Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla in their first two games and next place Sporting at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
They then head to Scotland to face Napoli at Murrayfield and finally Lyon in Switzerland before their season starts against Manchester City in the Community Shield and Norwich City in the league.