Liverpool manager Klopp admits tough to stop 'exceptional' Haaland

Tanya Simon
December 10, 2019

Liverpool youngster Neco Williams looks set to be part of Jurgen Klopp's squad when the Reds face Red Bull Salzburg tonight in the Champions League.

He is yet to feature in the Premier League or Champions League yet, however, and if he does so this evening it would represent a real baptism of fire.

Klopp will surely hope his side show the same fight in Salzburg, with a loss putting their knockout hopes at risk, as the Austrians would climb above them leaving Napoli only needed a draw to eliminate the Reds. He took exception to a reference to the reverse meeting - a 4-3 win at Anfield - being treated like "a friendly" by Salzburg players, especially when asked how he would ensure his players would not demonstrate complacency. "We're at least used to that".

The Norway worldwide scored in RB Salzburg's 4-3 loss to Champions League title holders Liverpool FC at Anfield earlier in the group stage.

Jesse Marsch, the Red Bull Salzburg head coach, has been impressed by the teenager's handling of the situation and is working with his father to keep his feet on the ground.

Liverpool know that avoiding defeat will lead to them reach the last-16, but defeat, coupled with Napoli winning at home to Genk, would see them knocked out. "That's the only really clear thing before the game".

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Failure to beat Napoli at Anfield last time out means that Liverpool missed out on the chance of clinching top spot in Group E with a game to spare.

"It is not that I expect us to go through. We will try to win with all we have and at the end we will see what happens". You try to make sure he doesn't get many balls.

Klopp was unhappy with how his compatriot translated Jordan Henderson's answer in front of the assembled media, taking particular issue with the translator's assertion that the Liverpool captain said his team would "go easy in this game".

"He is a big, big talent, one for the future, 100%, but we have to make it as hard as possible for him".

The long-term absentees for Liverpool are Fabinho, who is out with an ankle injury, while Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne, are both out with a knee injuries.

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