Jurgen Klopp has revealed to the Echo that the club could not have signed Erling Braut Haaland.
Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund from RB Salzburg in the January transfer window for a fee reported to be in the region of £17m [BBC Sport]
It was also reported that Manchester United were amongst those desperate to secure the signature of the teenage sensation who has taken the continent by storm following his inaugural season in the Champions League.
Liverpool were once of the clubs credited with an interest in the Norway international according to The Daily Star. Haaland featured twice against the European champions in the Champions League group-stages and even scored at Anfield during a 4-3 thriller in September.
The teenager has scored eight goals in five Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund and bagged a magnificent brace in his opening European bout for the German outfit to earn a crucial 2-1 victory over Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League last-16 clash.
The striker has a gargantuan 39 goals in 29 appearances since the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign.
Dortmund are third in the Bundesliga table – behind Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig – with 42 points from 22 matches, seven points behind leaders Bayern, who have played 23 games.
However, Klopp has revealed that Haaland making the journey from Austria to Merseyside was one that was never deemed possible.
Klopp told The Liverpool Echo: “Dortmund needed a striker. Everybody blames Man United for not getting him, but we wouldn’t have got him. We couldn’t have got him. It’s as easy as that.
“He wanted a top team, as soon as possible, with an open space… Borussia Dortmund. That’s timing.
“I hope you know how much I love and respect the people at Dortmund, but it’s not that they made a perfect approach and did this and that, it was more they were there, had the space, number nine… ‘here we go, you are 19 years old, want to play Champions League, top end of Bundesliga, so go for it’. Nobody else had a chance, I’m pretty sure, no matter what they say.”
What RTK has to say
Klopp is spot-on.
A player as talented as Haaland and with so much goalscoring prowess required his next destination that befits his Champions League aspirations whilst also having a ready-made No.9 spot available in the team.
Liverpool could only offer one of the criteria.
Haaland may be the most prolific goalscorer in Europe at this time of writing but even the Norwegian wonderkid wouldn’t be able to slot straight into Liverpool’s attacking trident and usrup the club’s irreplaceable Brazilian maestro.
Roberto Firmino offers something that no other forward on the planet is able to replicate and it is one of the principal reasons the Reds currently rule the Premier League with an iron fist.