ERLING HAALAND is set to line up against Liverpool on Wednesday — after Manchester United botched a chance to sign him.
The Norway striker, 19, became the first teenager since United’s Wayne Rooney to score more than once on his Champions League debut.
Haaland hit a brilliant hat-trick in Red Bull Salzburg’s 6-2 win over Genk on September 17.
He had notched 14 goals in nine games, including three hat-tricks, before yesterday’s match against Austria Vienna so is in pole position to start at Anfield this week.
Haaland, the son of former Leeds midfielder Alf-Inge, signed for Molde in 2017, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in charge.
The family met a United representative in June 2018, the month before he scored four goals in 17 minutes against Brann aged just 17 in front of a Red Devils scout.
But in August 2018 he agreed a £2million deal to join Salzburg at the beginning of 2019.
And now his stunning goalscoring return is perking interest around Europe.
Salzburg head to Anfield on Wednesday in what is a crucial game for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The reigning European champions lost the opening game of their defence 2-0 at Napoli and know a shock defeat at home to the Austrians would leave them six points adrift of the Group E leaders.