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The two met on the pitch in a World Cup qualifier between Norway and Netherlands and engaged in a tasty striker vs centre-back battle throughout the 90 minutes.
It was always going to be the case given they are two absolute behemoths but things got so physical that Van Dijk appeared to suffer a dislocation of his finger at the start of the second half.
With the assistance of medical staff, the Dutch skipper's finger was popped back and then taped up for the rest of the game.
While there's no graphic video, it looks very painful in the pictures.
Minor injury update: Virgil Van Dijk’s finger was dislocated on international duty last night, although he was fine to continue. pic.twitter.com/6sucfVnAjF— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) September 2, 2021
Van Dijk was making his return to action on the international stage following a lengthy period out after a serious knee surgery suffered in the Merseyside derby in October 2020.
He's looked back to his imperious best in his recent outings for Liverpool and now the Netherlands.
After the draw, Haaland revealed Van Dijk made a foul-mouthed comment as he told the Borussia Dortmund striker he was responsible for the minor injury to his finger.
"I actually snapped his finger on him,” Haaland told Norwegian station TV2 post-match.
“I do not know how it happened. He just said ‘f***ing hell, you broke my finger’.
"He's good, so to speak,” he added. “I have no idea how I snapped his finger. That's just the way it is.”
Erling Braut Haaland said to Norweigan TV2 after Norway’s game against the Netherlands that Virgil van Dijk approached him after the game and told him Haaland has broken his finger. No worries for van Dijk, it seems, as he got the finger taped and played the rest of the game.— Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) September 2, 2021
Speaking ahead of the game, Haaland admitted Van Dijk was the best defender he had ever come up against on the pitch.
"I do not really fear anyone, I think he is the best defender. I think quite a few others in the room agree with me on that," Haaland said in a press conference.
"He is fast, strong and f***ing smart, and there are three important things you must have.
"I have played against him twice, I have said that he is the best I have met. He is a good player, so we have to try to play around him."
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