Marsch beams as Salzburg win sets up show-stopper v. Liverpool

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An American manager and his Austrian club stand between Liverpool and its defense of the UEFA Champions League crown.

Red Bull Salzburg can advance to the knockout rounds with a defeat of Liverpool in Austria on Dec. 10, one that doesn’t come with three or more goals from the Reds.

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That’s because they smashed Genk 4-1 in Belgium on Wednesday. They now have 16 goals in five group stage matches, eight coming courtesy of 19-year-old Erling Braut Haaland. The player is now the first teenager to score eight goals in a group stage.

Here’s Marsch, via Sky Sports Austria:

“It was perhaps our best performance of the season so far. It was clear from the beginning that we were the better team. I’m proud of the guys. Against the ball it was difficult for Genk. An important goal for us is more stability and today was a big step in the right direction.”

A place in the knockout rounds for Salzburg would be magnificent, and for Marsch to author it would be a banner American fans would be thrilled to wave in celebration.

The ex-New York Red Bulls coach is now 17W-4D-2L as Salzburg boss, the only losses coming against Napoli and Liverpool. He’s unbeaten in league play, and targeting these moments as milemarkers.

“This team needs big games. This is important for the development of the talent in this squad. We are hungry, every day. That’s a big part of our success.”