Erling Haaland: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wary of 'exceptional' striker

Ruben Hill
December 10, 2019

There were those who suggested the Premier League title race is close to being over after Manchester City's defeat against Manchester United last Saturday and while I would never subscribe to that theory in December, there is no doubt that Liverpool could now afford a couple of slip-ups in the Premier League and still be in a strong position. We are still ambitious like insane and we will go for everything.

The hosts could yet qualify for the knockout stages themselves, with Klopp adding: "Salzburg has to win against us but we are still ambitious like insane and will run for our lives - plus play football".

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he is wary of the threat posed by Erling Haaland ahead of his side's clash with Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday.

"Salzburg has to win against us, has to win against Liverpool; it's possible because it's football, but we are not a typical Champions League victor of last year or finalist of two years before".

The reason why I believe this could be the most significant game of Liverpool's season is they have yet to confront adversity and all of a sudden they are presented with a game that has the potential to derail them.

"Tomorrow night is the most important game of our life because there isn't another one [if we lose]", Klopp said.

"We want to go until the end again". I am not nervous, but I am tense.

However, the spectre of a free-scoring Salzburg, led by the Champions League's top scorer in Erling Braut Haaland, spells trouble for an injury-hit Reds' backline that has consistently leaked goals this season despite streaking clear at the top of the English Premier League.

The Liverpool manager explained: "Two weeks ago Salzburg were very happy that they won against Genk and we had a draw against Napoli because they thought now they have the "final" against us". "How do you defend an exceptional striker? Try to make sure that he gets not that many balls", Klopp said.

Haaland scored in Salzburg's first meeting with Liverpool at Anfield in October, which ended 4-3 to the Reds, and already has 28 goals in 21 games this season.

'We have to make it as hard as possible. Unfortunately, he is not the only strong player in the team.

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