Liverpool are back in Champions League action on Wednesday and set to face a difficult test, an opponent not just in top form but one that under manager Jesse Marsch has drawn frequent comparisons to Jürgen Klopp’s Reds.
According to Marsch, though, that’s a bigger problem for his side than Liverpool, with the RB Salzburg man talking up his opponents for their pace, pressing, and work-rate both on and off the ball that made them Champions of Europe.
“It is a terrible match-up for us in one sense because all the things we do well they are better at,” he told The Times. “They like games to feel the same way that we like them to feel, so I think stylistically, it will be a big challenge.”
Two similar sides, two similar approaches, but while Liverpool won the Champions League and earned 97 points in England last season—and are currently off to a perfect start there—Salzburg were winning the Austrian Bundesliga.
It’s no disrespect to them to suggest, as Marsch does, that there is a gap between the two sides when it comes to talent and achievement. But they are also a side more than capable of getting a result—even against Liverpool at Anfield.
They’ve earned 25 points from nine league games so far and hammered Genk 6-2 in their opening Champions League group stage match. And they’re a side that, approaching the game as they do, won’t be put off by how the Reds play.
“But we will also make things difficult for them,” Marsch added. “We will have to be incredibly good on the day at what we do, but we are certainly going there to win.”