What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?
Well, in this instance, the latter comes out on top.
There are few more terrifying sights in football for defenders than Kylian Mbappe in full flight.
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Cast your minds back to the World Cup last 16 tie when the French wonderkid sprinted 70 yards before earning a penalty against Argentina.
But it was a different story in France’s Nations League win over the Netherlands.
With France leading 2-1 in the latter stages, Mbappe picked the ball up on the halfway line and set his sights on goal.
His problem was Virgil van Dijk was standing in his way.
The Liverpool defender’s stock is rising week by week since his move from Southampton in January and he showed exactly why with almost textbook perfection against the 19-year-old.
While some defenders might cower away from the altercation, Van Dijk rose to the occasion and expertly nullified Mbappe.
Biding his time, the Dutch centre-back patiently waited to dive in and make a vital last-man tackle just as the PSG forward was about to pull the trigger.
Get it wrong there and trouble would be looming, with either Mbappe left with a free run at goal or Van Dijk sent off for being last man.
Van Dijk was unable to stop Mbappe tapping home the opening goal in the first half but this is a positive sign for Liverpool ahead of their mouthwatering Champions League clash with PSG in a couple of weeks.
What will the next instalment of Van Dijk v Mbappe entail?
- 5 times Real Madrid broke the transfer market by signing an absolute reject on loan
- 7 players we will probably appreciate a lot more once they’ve retired
- Scotland and the curious case of having three very good left-backs in your team
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