Wednesday night marks Liverpool’s first home game of their Champions League campaign. Anfield will host FC Red Bull Salzburg. The Austrian side are currently flying high in their Premier League, they have won 7 of their first 8 games and have drawn the other. The energy drink owned side made a splash in Europe on the opening matchday as they battered Belgian side Genk 6-2, thanks to 3 goals from their wonderkid striker Erling Braut Haaland. Their exciting young prospect has been drooling over the Liverpool side his team will face next week.
The 19-year-old striker is the son of retired Norwegian international Alf-Inge Haaland. His father played for Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City in England. Haaland junior has been in scintillating form this season, he has bagged 17 goals in 10 games. His hat-trick against Genk was his 4th matchball of the season.
Erling Haaland spoke to the official Red Bull site ahead of his side’s trip to Anfield, he is aware of the task on Salzburg’s hands, telling the site: “Liverpool are the world’s best team, as they won the Champions League”.
The towering striker, measuring 6ft 4in, believes that his opponent for Wednesday, Ballon d’Or favourite Virgil van Dijk, is nigh on unplayable, saying “I don’t think you can train to play against him”. The Norwegian believes that it will take the performance of a lifetime for his side to get anything from the game: “We all have to be at our best ever, every player, to have a chance against this team.”
Keeping the imposing frontman quiet will be key to Liverpool’s success next week. Virgil van Dijk is a daunting prospect for any visiting striker, hopefully our iconic centre back will be prove too tough a test for the young talent.