Wolverhampton Wanderers star Pedro Neto is looking ahead to a big game tomorrow night against Liverpool.
The Reds are the opponents at Molineux and are looking to get their Premier League season back on track after some awful results in recent weeks.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost six of their last seven matches in the top-flight, and now face a real fight to finish in the top four.
Wolves have the chance to heap more misery on the reigning champions, and Neto will be many people’s bet to cause the visitors problems.
They will once again have to field a weakened defence, and the 21-year-old is actually slightly disappointed he can’t pit his wits against two stars in particular.
He told the club’s official website: “I have to be honest, I would rather play against van Dijk or Matip because I like to test myself against the best so I can improve my game. The best thing we can do in football to learn, is to play with the best.
“I came to this league to play with the best and to play against the best, and to show that I can do my job and play my game whoever is on the pitch.”
van Dijk and Matip both have long-term injuries, and are unlikely to feature again in 2020/21.
There’s a good chance Neto will be testing himself against Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips instead, with both impressing against RB Leipzig in midweek.
Neto’s mentality as impressive as his talent
Neto wanting to go against van Dijk and Matip pretty much describes the youngster to a tee.
A regular theme throughout his latest interview is his desire to become the best, and that’s something he’s spoken about regularly before.
And he knows that to become the best, he needs to face the best.
He won’t get to do that tomorrow, but he could well face Andy Robertson, who is still a stern test for any winger.