Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has issued a warning to his team over prolific teenage striker Erling Haaland, ahead of the Reds’ crunch Champions League clash with RB Salzburg tonight.
The Premier League leaders need a point in Austria to ensure qualification for the knockout stages.
Lose, and the Reds would need to rely on Genk to do them a favour against Napoli.
Salzburg have been a real force this season, with Haaland enjoying a stunning campaign.
The 19-year-old – son of Alfe-Enge – has scored an incredible 28 goals in just 21 appearances this season, and has found the net in every Champions League game he’s played in so far.
Speaking ahead of the game, Klopp said (Sky Sports): “He’s 19 years old, exceptional player, but how would you defend a very good striker? Try to make sure that he gets not that many balls.
“Just a really big, big talent with a wonderful future, 100 percent, but for tomorrow night, how you defend the best strikers, you try to avoid passes to them, you cut them out of the game and when they have the ball.
“We have to make it as difficult as possible. He’s unfortunately not the only strong player in their team.”
Klopp’s comments are sure to add to the recent transfer speculation, with Haaland having been linked with a move to Anfield (Daily Star).
TBR’s view – Haaland could put Liverpool out
Liverpool have to be so careful in tonight’s game, with Haaland in truly scintillating form.
Virgil van Dijk and co will have to be on top of their games in the early kick-off, with Salzburg particularly strong at home.
Clean sheets have been very hard to come by this season, and the big Norwegian will fancy his chances of continuing his fine goalscoring record.