Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has meticulously built a systematic transfer approach that has become the embodiment of the club’s recent success over the years.
Edwards has spent the previous four years searching the continent for hidden gems with moderately low fees in an attempt to elevate the club’s status from nearly men into world conquerors.
His success has been unparalleled, even in the cases of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, whose eye-watering price-tags have been made to look like small change when you consider the impact they have had since joining in 2018.
Whether it has been Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Fabinho or Andy Robertson, it’s fair to say that practically all of Edwards’ shrewd additions have more than doubled their value since signing for the Reds.
Even in the case of Diogo Jota, in next to no time his £41 million already appears to be another financial masterstroke from Edwards.
The only noticeable case of the club breaking away from their core values and key principles to sign a player in recent times has been the successful acquisition of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich earlier this summer.
It was arguably the club’s most significant signing in a generation and showcased how the club’s transfer approach could be evolving for the seasons to come. This could be something we see repeated not too far into the distant future.
Out of all of Liverpool’s recent reported transfer targets, none have caused as much excitement as Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.
Haaland, 20, signed with Dortmund in January. Since then, he has scored a staggering 26 goals in 28 games.
His form is far from surprising when you consider how devastating he was for RB Salzburg last season.
The ECHO recently reported that Salzburg’s sporting director Cristoph Freund has claimed that he expects Haaland to join Liverpool after his spell with Dortmund.
“He will land there”, he said.
“He can play for any club in the world,” the sporting director added. “With his mentality, his will and self-confidence, he will be able to make a mark on European football in the next ten years.”
There is no doubt that Haaland would be the perfect long-term attacking solution for Liverpool when you consider that Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will all have turned 29 by the end of the season.
Haaland looks to be a generational talent that Liverpool would be wise not to miss out on.
He continues to bang in the goals, with two more in the Champions League in midweek.
The Reds missed their opportunity to sign the Norwegian international before he burst onto the scene with Salzburg although that shouldn’t mean it is too late.
A club with the lure and financial pull of Liverpool have demonstrated in the case of Thiago that Anfield is once again is seen as a final destination for the best players to take their footballing talents rather than a stepping stone.
Since the arrival of Salah in 2017, Liverpool have made just one major attacking purchase in the form of Jota, which has proven to be an instant success.
If the Reds were to add Haaland, they would be buying an instant transformer and someone who is immediately capable of filling the attacking void that will inevitably be left once Liverpool’s pedigreed front-three slowly begins to be moved on. That is something that no amount of money should get in the way of.
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