Deeney, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live's The Monday Night Club, first lifted the lid on what it's like to come up against Van Dijk.
“I've said it many times, I hate him," he said. “I hate going up against him.
“He's too big, too strong, too quick, too good on the ball, loves fighting, a good head of hair.
“One of those guys that sprays on his top as well, so it smells lovely! When he runs past you, it's like 'I can't catch you, but...'."
And of Reds youngster Gomez, Deeney added: “I've said for a very long time that I've got a massive respect for Joe Gomez. He could be England's centre-half for the next 15 years.
“He is a beast of a player. And going next to someone like Van Dijk, he is only going to get better."