RB Salzburg v Liverpool: Erling Haaland predicts he will score a hat-trick in 3-1 win

Erling Haaland is confident RB Salzburg can beat Liverpool

Erling Haaland has been the talk of the footballing world in 2019/20.

Seemingly out of nowhere, the Norwegian striker has become one of Europe's elite marksmen, scoring an unprecedented 28 goals in 21 games in all competitions.

The RB Salzburg striker has 16 goals to his name in just 14 Austrian Bundesliga games, as well as notching six assists along the way.

But it's in the Champions League where the teenage sensation has truly thrived.

In his first five games in domestic football's most competitive tournament, Haaland has scored in every single one, amassing a tally of eight goals.

No player - including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - has ever found the back of the net as regularly in their first five Champions League games.

Given his record-breaking start to the season, it's understandable that Haaland seems confident beyond his years whenever he speaks to the media.

And when the teenager was asked to give a prediction for tonight's crunch Champions League game at home to Liverpool, he responded in a fashion befitting of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Haaland in action for RB Salzburg

A reporter asked the striker: "What's your prediction for tomorrow?"

Haaland the replied: "3-1 to Salzburg."

The reporter added: "And you score all the three goals?"

Haaland cooly fired back with: "Yes."

The guy really does have an elite mentality.

In his pre-match press conference, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was asked how he plans to setup his team to counteract the threat of Haaland tonight.

"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, per Sky Sports.

"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.

Klopp speaks to the media

"We have to make it as difficult as possible. He's unfortunately not the only strong player in their team."

If Haaland's prediction were to come to fruition in Austria tonight, Liverpool would likely be eliminated from the Champions League, unless Napoli fail to beat Genk.

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