‘He will eat me alive!’: Virgil van Dijk and Jurgen Klopp joke with giant Boston Celtics center Tacko Fall after meeting 7ft 7in basketball star on Liverpool’s pre-season tour
- Boston Celtics stars Tacko Fall and Grant Williams met Liverpool’s players
- Boss Jurgen Klopp joked that giant Fall would make the perfect striker at 7ft 7in
- Liverpool are on pre-season tour of America and have played two games so far
- They have lost to Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla and next up play Sporting
Virgil van Dijk is not used to feeling small, but the big Dutch defender could not hide his shock after meeting 7ft 7in Boston Celtics’ basketball star Tacko Fall.
Van Dijk, who towers above most Premier League strikers at 6ft4, said: ‘What? He will eat me alive, for breakfast,’ after meeting Fall during Liverpool’s pre-season tour of America.
Boss Jurgen Klopp also joked that Fall would make the perfect striker after taking time pose with him in the team dressing room.
(L-R) Gavin Williams, Jurgen Klopp and Tacko Fall pose for photos together
The giant Fall stands at 7ft7 and towered above the Liverpool players, including Virgil van Dijk
Fall, 23, and team-mate Gavin Williams, standing at a modest 6ft7, posed for photos with the squad, with Senegalese-born center drawing gasps from certain players.
Indeed, Klopp compared Fall to recently-retired ex-Liverpool striker Peter Crouch, known for his height despite being a foot shorter at 6ft7.
Fall and Williams have both joined the Celtics this year after leaving college and entering the NBA draft
The new Boston Celtics recruit is one of the tallest ever players in NBA history
Williams, 20, was the 22nd first round pick, while Fall went undrafted before being signed to an Exhibit 10 Contract in June.
Despite the jokes shared in the changing room, Liverpool have endured a difficult pre-season campaign in America, losing both games so far.
They suffered a 3-2 defeat by Borussia Dortmund at Notre Dame Stadium, before a 2-1 reverse to 10-man Sevilla.
They will next face Sporting Lisbon in a bid to turn around their pre-season form, with star players Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane still on holiday after playing in the Africa Cup of Nations