Salzburg’s star man – with four hat-tricks this season so far – a doubt for Reds clash

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The Reds face Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday night in the Champions League looking to pick up their first win of the group stage this season.

On matchday one, a defeat to Napoli took place, while Salzburg hammered Genk 6-2. The key man in that game, though, Erling Haaland, a 19-year-old Leeds-born Norway international forward, who has already scored four hat-tricks this season, is a doubt for the Anfield clash.

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He missed Salzburg’s match against Austria Wien over the weekend through illness, meaning his league record for the season remains at 11 goals in eight matches so far – not bad for a teenager.

They didn’t miss him too much as they won 4-1 with striker Sekou Koita netting a brace.

Salzburg’s sporting director Christoph Freund told Viasat, via the Liverpool ECHO: “The next two days are important. He is checked by a doctor every day. He’s sick, and we don’t quite know when he will be back. Hopefully over the next few days.”

Even without their star man, Salzburg will be a big test for the Reds. At home, though, Jurgen Klopp will be confident that his players can get the job done.

Nothing less than a win will be sufficient for the Reds, who will want to tie up qualification to the knockout stages quickly and avoid another nervy matchday six.

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