Michael Owen has said that the inability to give key players a rest against RB Salzburg will be one of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s key concerns after the 1-1 draw with Napoli on Wednesday.
Liverpool will head to Austria in December needing to avoid defeat to secure their qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League, having only mustered a point from the clash with the Serie A side following a sluggish performance at Anfield.
The Reds have a poor record away from home in the Champions League having lost four of their last five such games and, speaking on BT Sport after the match, Owen also recognised that with Klopp’s side set to play seven other games next month, giving key players a rest would have been ideal.
“It’s not going to be easy going to Salzburg, they score goals,” the pundit said. “But at least they’ve got two results where they can get a draw or a win to qualify. It’s not ideal for Liverpool, I’m sure they would’ve liked to have sewn it up tonight.
“Klopp would have liked to have rested some players for that Salzburg, but he can’t do that now.”
Rio Ferdinand was also on set, adding: “It’s going to be a tough test. The young lad that’s scoring loads of goals up front [Haaland], they’ve come here and scored, they can score goals but I just think [with] the experience Liverpool have, they will be able to get the result there and get through.”
Liverpool’s next game sees them take on Brighton at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.