We predicted a ferocious display from Red Bull Salzburg and they duly delivered. Wednesday night saw the Austrian champions visit Anfield in the Champions League group stage and they were threatening and fearless in their 4-3 loss. The visitors went 3-0 down early on thanks to a burst of brilliance from Sadio Mane, a rare strike from Andy Robertson and a poachers effort from Mo Salah. However, Jesse Marsch’s side were resilient and quickly fired back through Hwang Hee-Chan before they restored parity shortly after the break. This display, coupled with their 6-2 win over Genk on the opening day, is sure to condemn them to the same fate as Monaco.
The 2016/17 season saw Monaco reach the semi finals of the Champions League. The French outfit shocked Europe with their irresistible attacking force that included an experienced Falcao and an emerging Kylian Mbappe. They trounced all put in front of them, including a memorable away goals advance after tieing 6-6 on aggregate with Manchester City in the round of 16.
Monaco’s impressive foray into the latter stages led to a gutting of the youthful squad. The summer of 2017 saw the departure of Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva to Man City, Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea and the loan to buy move of Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint Germain. The following summer they also lost Thomas Lemar to Atletico Madrid and Fabinho to Liverpool.
Red Bull Salzburg are destined for the same fate with these impressive performances. 19 year old Erling Håland will be the centre of a bidding war over the summer, with some maybe trying to get ahead of the competition in January. 18 year old Dominik Szoboszlai is also nailed on for a big move whilst others in the squad will also inevitably draw attention.
Some said the game against Liverpool would be a shop window, it may have turned into a fire sale.