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Southampton boss Hasenhuttl insists Salisu can aspire to Van Dijk level

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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists his young defenders have the potential to match Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.

Hasenhuttl has been impressed with Mohamed Salisu's development since his move from Real Valladolid in 2020 and didn't hesitate when asked about comparisons with the Liverpool man.

“It shows you how much he had to learn that it took so long until he was an option for the starting XI," the Austrian coach said. “Especially with the ball, he can develop massively.

“When you speak about Van Dijk with his long balls and his calmness on the ball, he still has a way to go. But there's no reason why he couldn't learn it.

“A good thing is that in the centre-back position, the older you get, the better you get because of the more experience you get.

“This is definitely a player that showed this season that he deserved to play from the beginning and I'm very happy with his progress."

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