- Title: "Sky is the limit" for Salzburg wonder boy Haaland, according to boss Marsch
- Date: 1st October 2019
- Summary: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 1, 2019) (REUTERS) SALZBURG MANAGER JESSE MARSCH ON THE ANFIELD PITCH AHEAD OF TRAINING SESSION SALZBURG STRIKER ERLING BRAUT HAALAND JOGGING ONTO THE ANFIELD PITCH AHEAD OF TRAINING SESSION / PASSING THE BALL (SOUNDBITE) (English) SALZBURG HEAD COACH, JESSE MARSCH, ON SALZBURG'S 19-YEAR-OLD STRIKER ERLING BRAUT HAALAND, SAYING: "Yeah I think he's a big part of our team, obviously he's scored a lot of goals for us this year and he's a big threat. The only decision for us would be is he ready to start or do we think about bringing him off the bench? But he's ready to go." ERLING HAALAND TRAINING HAALAND PASSING THE BALL (SOUNDBITE) (English) SALZBURG HEAD COACH, JESSE MARSCH, ON SALZBURG'S 19-YEAR-OLD STRIKER ERLING BRAUT HAALAND, SAYING: "I think he's an important player for us, I think he's still so young. And as long as he keeps his mentality straight and keeps focussed on all the right things, which I think because he has a father who's played football it's a little bit easier for him to understand what the expectations are. But if he keeps a strong mentality then I think the sky's the limit for him." MARSCH DURING TRAINING SESSION (SOUNDBITE) (English) SALZBURG HEAD COACH, JESSE MARSCH, ON STOPPING LIVERPOOL, SAYING: "Yeah very difficult. We've talked a lot this week about how good Liverpool is. Certainly from position to position they have no weaknesses. As a team I think the way that they're managed and tactically what they do on the pitch is as good as any team in the world right now. We like the football they play because we play a little bit similarly. But what's a big key for us is to not be afraid of that, to use our aggressiveness, to play with our confidence and to make sure that no matter what happens in the game that we play like us and we go after them as well. We'll have to be intelligent and manage many difficult situations but I think our guys are excited about the challenge." HAALAND AND RASMUS NISSEN KRISTENSEN DURING TRAINING KRISTENSEN TRAINING (SOUNDBITE) (English) SALZBURG DEFENDER, RASMUS NISSEN KRISTENSEN, SAYING: "We're ready and yes, I mean for sure it's the biggest game of my career and I also think for a lot of the players. But I think we're ready with all we've got, including myself, I'm looking forward to giving it 100%." PLAYERS JUMPING ON EACH OTHER'S BACKS (SOUNDBITE) (English) SALZBURG DEFENDER, RASMUS NISSEN KRISTENSEN, SAYING: "I have a lot of friends from my childhood, I was surrounded by a lot of Liverpool fans, they are die-hard fans so they are excited in my ways and of course also to see my play against their club. I feel the support and the trust. I think that's going to carry us through tomorrow that we trust each other, trust the next plan. And go out, do our best and go for it." PLAYERS TRAINING VARIOUS OF PLAYERS GATHERED ON PITCH
- Embargoed: 15th October 2019 22:23
- Keywords: Salzburg Liverpool UEFA Champions League Anfield Jesse Marsch Rasmus Nissen Kristensen Erling Haaland
- Location: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZ9NOE7
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- Story Text: Salzburg head coach Jesse Marsch says the "sky is the limit" for his 19-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland ahead of their Champions League match against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday (October 2).
The Austrian champions thumped Belgian side Genk 6-2 in their Group E opener to sit top of the pile, with Haaland - son of ex-Leeds and Manchester City defender Alf Inge - scoring a hat-trick to cement his burgeoning reputation.
Haaland scored a record nine goals in a single under-20 World Cup game for Norway in their 12-0 victory over Honduras last May.
Holders Liverpool sit bottom of the group after their opening 2-0 defeat to Napoli, but the Reds are in red-hot form domestically - victory at Sheffield United on Saturday (September 28) meant they retained their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Liverpool won their sixth Champions League crown last season, defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid.
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