Manchester City striker Erling Haaland picked up where he left off before the World Cup break as he took just 10 minutes to open the scoring against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup
Fans are terrified after realising that Erling Haaland’s mid-season break was a “bad idea”.
The Manchester City striker returned to competitive action after a five-and-a-half week break on Thursday night to open the scoring just 10 minutes into the Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool. With Norway having failed to qualify for the World Cup, Haaland was given a break from action as club football paused for the duration of the tournament.
His scoring return has left fans concerned for what could follow as the 22-year-old took his tally for the season to 24 goals in 19 appearances across all competitions.
Following Haaland’s goal, one fan tweeted: “Haaland getting over a month’s break was a bad idea man ffs. 9 minutes…” Another added: “I guess we don’t have to be worried about Haaland being rusty coming back from a break.”
A third also commented: “Jesus Haaland looks razor sharp after the break.” Another also wrote: “Bro Haaland really scored first game back… that break only makes him scarier.”
One more rival fan went on to say: “Haaland might score 60 goals this season because of that midseason break.” Their fears were echoed by another fan, who asked: “Haaland is gonna go on a nasty stretch coming off the break, ain’t he?”
Haaland’s goal set City on their way to a thrilling 3-2 victory as he leaped to prod Kevin De Bruyne’s cross past Caoimhin Kelleher in the Liverpool goal. He had also scored in the friendly win over Girona on Saturday.
The victory was later secured by second half goals from Riyad Mahrez and Nathan Ake, which came after equalisers from Fabio Carvalho and Mohamed Salah, respectively.
However, Pep Guardiola chose to take Haaland off after 73 minutes, with City back in action next Wednesday when they take on Leeds United in the Premier League.
18 of the Norwegian’s goals this season have come in the league as he goes in search of the record number of strikes in a single 38-game Premier League campaign. Salah currently holds the record after scoring 32 times in 2017/18.