Erling Haaland is getting a lot of attention in Europe after his hat-trick against Genk in Salzburg’s opening match of the Champions League.
Liverpool will host Red Bull Salzburg in an attempt to bounce back after an opening loss to Napoli.
However, the task won’t be easy with the Austrian team arriving full of confidence.
The reason for that confidence is a big 6-2 win against Genk. The hero of this win was none else than the 19-year old Erling Haaland.
Highly-regarded wonderkid scored a hat-trick in his Champions League debut. This saw him become the third youngest hat-trick scorer in Champions League history, just behind Raul Gonzales and Wayne Rooney.
To add more style to his hat-trick, Haaland did in within the first half, becoming the only debutant ever to score a hat-trick within the first 45 minutes.
This took everyone by surprise, and Klopp took notice. Klopp talked about the youngster in a pre-match conference. According to Football365, Klopp said:
“[He’s a] Wonderful player, young, very confident.
“He looks clear minded on the pitch. He looks like a decent player and he’s in the perfect place at the moment to prepare for the next challenges of his life.”
Talking about Salzburg’s player development, Klopp commented:
“They’re very good at it, and the main reason is Ralf Rangnick. He’s an outstanding manager, outstanding sporting director. It’s all based on him.”
Klopp warned his team about Salzburg, but also showed confidence in stopping them, saying:
“It’s a proper unit a young exciting team, full of power and excitement [for them] to be part of that opportunity. Really strong, really good opponent and well organised.
“Salzburg will surprise a lot of people. The way they play is made to surprise other teams. But if anyone knows the way they play it’s probably me.
“We want to be the most uncomfortable opponent in world football.”
Whatever the case, tonight’s matchup should be a footballing festival with two attacking-minded sides going head to head.