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Davy Klaassen's tactic to stop Virgil van Dijk from a corner was so bizarre it's gone viral

Virgil van Dijk can be a real problem for any footballer when it comes to aerial duels.

The towering Dutchman not only possesses a bullet header, but he has the physique to batter past nearly any opponent that gets in his way as he attempts win the ball.

He’s scored once already this campaign from a header. It came in Liverpool’s 9-0 thumping of Bournemouth back in August.

But in all honestly, he could have had so many more with a bit more luck and his Premier League goal record is testament to that.

As of right now, the Liverpool icon has powered home 18 goals across his 207 appearances in England’s top-flight, many of them headers.

Which means he scores roughly once in every 10 appearances – again, not half bad for a centre-back.

Ajax obviously recognised his threat from aerial situations and Daavy Klaassen, who will be familiar with Van Dijk from the Dutch national team, tried an incredibly peculiar tactic to try and stop him.

What did Klaassen do to stop Van Dijk?

In a video shared to Twitter by @nocontextfooty, Van Dijk is being picked up by two of Ajax’s stars Klaassen and Jurrien Timber.

However, despite the man advantage they already have, Klaassen decided to take things to the next level and when Van Dijk raised his arm to signal where he wants it, he cheekily decided to tickle it.

Yes, that’s right, we now have footballers actually tickling one another in order to gain an advantage.

View the very, very, weird approach below:

VIDEO: Klaassen’s anti-Van Dijk tactic

😒 What are Ajax teaching in defensive training drills these days? #ajax #ajaliv #klaassen pic.twitter.com/az2FaMUxO4

— Bradley Dobson (@ukajacied) October 26, 2022

Davy klaassen Highlights first half: pic.twitter.com/DTjj1pr5TL

— Rifaid (@FifaRxFi) October 26, 2022

Klaassen giving VVD a little tickle 😂 pic.twitter.com/RNGIzQ9yGK

— The Anfield Buzz (@TheAnfieldBuzz) October 26, 2022

One thing we will say, it worked that time at least.

Whether it’s a sustainable long-term tactic to halt someone as dominant in the air as Van Dijk is a whole other kettle of fish.

But kudos for the ingenuity, we bet big Virgil has never come across that one before.

Ajax 0-3 Liverpool: Match review

It was a big victory for the Reds after their disappointing result against Nottingham Forest last weekend.

The triumph over Ajax secures their passage to the knockout phase of the Champions League and, as usual in Europe, the Reds did it in style.

Well, eventually they did. The first half was pretty shaky, and they were fortunate not to be 2-0 down to Ajax before Mohamed Salah bagged his team’s first goal with a lovely dink over the keeper in the 42nd minute.

But Jurgen Klopp’s men came out firing in the second half of proceedings and were 2-0 up courtesy of a Darwin Nunez header within minutes of emerging from the tunnel.

Harvey Elliott then sealed the deal, converting from an acutely tight angle after a delightful Salah assist.

READ MORE: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah brilliantly assisted Harvey Elliott vs Ajax

Liverpool are back in action this coming Saturday as they welcome Leeds United to Anfield for the 19:45 kick-off.

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