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Haaland ready for “mission impossible” against Liverpool

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Erling Haaland is ready to lead the RB Salzburg against defending UEFA Champions League holders, Liverpool, in what has been deemed “mission impossible.”

The young Norwegian striker and son of former Manchester City player Alf Inge Haaland is ready to take on the formidable Liverpool defense.

Red Bull Salzburg Jesse Marsch is ready to put his faith in the 19-year-old scoring sensation.

Haaland bagged himself a Champions League debut hattrick last time out against Genk of Belgium.

His form this season has been quite astonishing. He has played ten games in all competitions and scored 17 goals.

It is this kind of form that is leading Marsch to put his faith in his prodigious forward.

Speaking before the big game to SiriusXM FC he said:

“It was obviously a special night in Salzburg [against Genk]. But we’ve got a tougher test awaiting for us on Wednesday night, but we will be ready.”

“We’ve had a really good start to the year and I said previously we had a young group with a lot of potential and that is still the case.”

“In terms of Erling, the kid is an incredible talent, he can do almost anything. He is fit.”

“He is fit for this weekend. So we just have to make a decision – is he ready to start from the beginning or do we bring him off the bench?”

“But he’s had a long week, this week he’s been sick a little bit so we’ve had to manage that, but he’ll be ready to go.”

Marsch is aware of the dangers Liverpool pose, but as with the Napoli game, a team that can successfully stick to its game plan is in with a chance of succeeding.

He added:

“First of all, we have tried to create an incredibly clear gameplan so we know exactly how to play to our advantage and exactly the ways that Liverpool can punish us.”

“The more that we are able to have concentration for 90 minutes and execute a match plan that puts us in position to succeed, then we can at least give ourselves a chance.”

“In the end, what I have tried to say to them is, honestly, I don’t care what the result is.”

“What I do want is we go there and play our football, that we are confident, that we are aggressive, that we go after the game and the opponent.”

“We don’t worry about mistakes and that we just play with joy and with confidence, and clarity.”

The Red Bull Salzburg manager is aware of his side’s slim odds of getting anything against such a superior opposition.

He wants his team to be fearless and enjoy the moment in what may be considered an unachievable objective.

He continued:

“If we do that then we will give ourselves a better chance of getting a result.”

“Having said that, I think this in every way will be mission impossible! Who cares? Honestly, who cares?”

“As long as we go there and play brave then we can walk out of there and be very proud.”

“We will be smart, but our way to play defensive is to make sure we understand how to be aggressive in certain areas.”

“We still play our version of football and calculate exactly how we want this game to be played.”