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Virgil van Dijk praises ‘nice participant’ Jurrien Timber

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Virgil van Dijk has praised Netherlands teammate Jurrien Timber and claims the teen is additional forward in his growth than the Liverpool star was at his age.

Timber has rapidly established himself at Ajax, having beforehand labored beneath Erik ten Hag within the Eredivisie.

The 20-year-old was a major goal for Manchester United, Ten Hag’s new membership, over the summer season however Ajax stood agency and finally stored him on the membership.

Van Dijk and Timber performed collectively in a again three alongside Nathan Ake within the Netherlands’ 2-0 victory in Poland on Thursday night time and the Liverpool defender praised his teammate forward of their subsequent recreation in opposition to Belgium on Sunday.

“I wasn’t practically as far alongside as he’s now [at the same age],” Van Dijk when requested about Timber. “I’ve nothing however reward for him. He is a superb participant and a real skilled.

“He has a lot potential. Hopefully he can develop additional. Then it will likely be all proper, I feel.”

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The Low Nations derby on Sunday is the newest fixture in a storied rivalry between Belgium and the Netherlands – the pair have performed 125 official video games up to now, with the Dutch profitable 56.

The Netherlands solely must keep away from defeat to prime Nations League Group A4, sitting three factors forward of Belgium.

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