Jurgen Klopp has informed his Liverpool gamers that they can’t focus solely on stopping Erling Haaland when Manchester Metropolis go to Anfield on Sunday as a result of the Sky Blues have too many different ‘world class gamers’.
A win for the Etihad outfit would see them go 16 factors forward of the Merseysiders and all however finish the FA Cup champions’ hopes of Premier League glory, whereas all three factors for Liverpool would see the deficit minimize to 13 factors and with a sport in hand on Pep Guardiola’s facet.
Haaland has 15 objectives in 9 league outings for the Residents and Klopp insisted that his facet should stop the Norwegian from getting the ball as a lot as potential while additionally being conscious of his Metropolis teammates.
“He’s in all probability the very best striker on this planet so we’ve to ensure he doesn’t get many balls. That’s what we’ll strive,” Klopp stated (as quoted by Manchester Night Information). “Towards Metropolis the issue is should you shut Haaland down with too many gamers you open up gaps for all the opposite world-class gamers. Doesn’t make life simpler. It’s a problem, a soccer drawback and we attempt to discover options.”
Haaland has already skilled scoring at Anfield when he netted for RB Salzburg again in 2019 within the Champions League and the Norway worldwide shall be assured of doing the identical this time round.
He has hit the bottom operating within the Premier League since his summer season arrival from Borussia Dortmund and Klopp defined that the 22-year-old is a ‘excellent match’ for Guardiola’s facet.
The German continued: “He has the mix of being fairly bodily and technical. He is aware of the place the offsides are, reads it properly. So many issues to make a striker, and at Metropolis has among the greatest gamers round him establishing objectives. It’s an ideal match.
“It’s how he combines many issues. His ending is clearly distinctive however he strikes actually good, that makes him fast. You’ll be able to solely use the pace should you use it in a wise means. you must be sure you’re affected person to not be offside. His entire package deal makes it particular.”
Haaland is in red-hot kind, however Klopp has loads of his personal stars which have been spectacular just lately.
Bobby Firmino has 12 purpose contributions in as many video games whereas Mo Salah netted a six-minute hat-trick from the bench towards Rangers on Wednesday.
It’s going to be yet one more nice battle between the 2 sides on Sunday – let’s hope we come out on prime.