Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted he is wary of facing Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland as the Red’s Champions League hopes hang in the balance, and believes the way to stop him is to stop his supply line.
Should Liverpool fail to get at least a draw in Austria on Tuesday night they could be eliminated.
Standing in their way is a Salzburg team fronted by Haaland who has scored an astonishing 28 goals in 21 games.
Such form has seen the striker linked with a host of top European clubs, with Liverpool and Premier League rivals Manchester United reportedly vying for his signature.
If Klopp’s men are to lose on Tuesday, it would leave them relying on Genk to beat Napoli in Group E’s other game.
But the German boss has a game plan to stop Haaland from causing too much damage.
“He’s 19 years old, exceptional player, but how would you defend a very good striker? Try to make sure that he gets not that many balls,” Klopp said.
“Just a really big, big talent with a wonderful future, 100 per cent, but for tomorrow night, how you defend the best strikers, you try to avoid passes to them, you cut them out of the game and when they have the ball.
“We have to make it as difficult as possible. He’s unfortunately not the only strong player in their team.”