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David Alaba prepared to meet Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah head-on

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The Bayern left-back respects his opponent as one of the best in the world, but Salah is not the first speedy winger to cross Alaba’s path.

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As the game against Liverpool draws nearer, all eyes are on the Bayern Munich defense. How they will stop one of the best offensive trios in Europe? Well, David Alaba seems ready to rise to the challenge, but he has no false impressions about the task at hand.

Speaking to Bild, Bayern’s left-back talked about his likely opponent for the tie — Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah. Salah has spent most of this season playing as a wide forward on Liverpool’s right, so Alaba will probably be the man tasked with dealing with him. The Austrian had this to say about the clash:

Salah is immense. In my opinion, he’s one of the best players in the world. He’s fast, but I’ve also already played against other fast players. Mbappé, for example. So I know from experience that it’s critical that I look to my strengths.

Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge backed his player to do well, saying:

That [Salah vs Alaba] will undoubtedly be a key duel. I have total confidence in David; he’s one of the best left-backs in the world. I think that he can and will succeed in keeping Salah under control.

Alaba acknowledged his chairman’s confidence but reiterated that the game would be far from easy. However, in typical Mia San Mia fashion, he added that the team will not shy away from the opponent, even one as fearsome as Liverpool FC.

It definitely will not be a simple game. But of course we believe in ourselves, because we know our strengths. We’re Bayern Munich and don’t have to hide from any opponent! We will pull out all the stops so that in the end we come out of the duel victorious.