STEPHEN PHIRI [Lusaka]
RED BULL Salzburg Zambia midfielder Enock Mwepu is looking forward to eliminating Liverpool from the UEFA Champions League when the teams clash on December 10. Salzburg currently sit third in Group E, just three points behind reigning European champions Liverpool and if they beat Jurgen Klopp’s side while Napoli beat Belgium team Genk at home, then the Austrian club will go through to the last-16. The top two teams in each group qualify to the last 16 while the third-placed side drops to the Europa League, the second tier European club competition.
Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw last Wednesday at home by Napoli, meaning they require a draw against Salzburg in the final group game to seal their progression to the last-16. But Mwepu, who was voted in the UEFA team-of-the-week after providing two assists in Salzburg’s 4-1 win over Genk on Wednesday, says they will use homeground advantage to overcome the defending champions and remain in the lucrative competition.
In the first leg at Anfield in October, Champions League minnows Salzburg came from three goals down before losing 4-3. The team, coached by American Jesse Marsch, played Liverpool at their own pressing game, starting with two strikers and an attacking game plan. “The Liverpool game will be an exciting and important game because both teams will be looking forward to winning,” Mwepu told Zambia’s Ambassador to Germany Anthony Mukwita, who is also accredited to Austria. “But them [Liverpool] coming at our arena means will be give everything for ourselves and the fans. ”This is according to a statement issued yesterday by the first secretary for press and public relations at the Zambian mission in Germany Kellys Kaunda. Mukwita said some embassy officials will travel to Austria to support the duo when they face Liverpool. He described Mwepu and Daka as great Zambian diplomats who have continued flying the country’s flag high. Enock Mwepu eyes Reds scalp