Chelsea ace Pedro heaps praise on Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk ahead of Super Cup tie | Football | Sport

The Blues star explained that he believes the Dutchman is on par with Real Madrid stalwart Sergio Ramos.

Chelsea take on Liverpool tonight as the pair meet for the UEFA Super Cup, with both going for their second European trophy in three months.

Pedro, who played and scored against Arsenal in the Europa League final back in June, is likely to start against the Champions League holders.

And ahead of the game, he explained he believes Van Dijk will be a particularly tough opponent.

The centre-back is expected to be one of the top contenders for the Ballon D’Or this year after guiding Liverpool to glory in Europe.

He had an incredible campaign for the Reds last season, and began this season by scoring in Friday night’s 4-1 win over Norwich.

And Pedro is under no illusions over the difficulty of the task at hand, crediting Van Dijk as being one of the elite defenders in the world.

“They are very good central defenders, probably at this time at the top,” he told Goal.

“Sergio Ramos is very good. I know him very well: great defender, great with the ball.

“Van Dijk is also the same: so strong, very good in the air, scores goals. Two big players.

“He’s in a good moment. Last season with Liverpool, he had a great season winning the Champions League and the best player in the Premier League. He’s in a good moment and he’s a good defender.”

Chelsea go into tonight’s game as the underdogs, but Pedro is confident of success, so long as the team uses possession wisely.

“It’s another trophy, it’s good when you start the season winning a trophy – it’s good for confidence, for the future,” he continued.

“Liverpool are a strong team with great players, a solid team, good on the counter.

“We need to read the game well, stay compact all the time and when we create chances we need to score if we want to win.

“It’s my fourth Super Cup final. I was lucky enough to win the last three. I have good memories of the last final [in 2015]. The important thing is the mentality: to stay strong, stay compact.”

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