Erling Haaland showed his potential value to Liverpool with a great goal against Bayern Munich. Reports link the Reds with a move for the 20-year-old.
Erling Haaland scored a great goal against Bayern Munich on Saturday, although Borussia Dortmund eventually tasted defeat. With the game at 3-1 Bayern inside the last ten minutes, the 20-year-old burst in behind.
He collected a long-ball with an airborne first-touch, controlled it, rounded Manuel Neuer and slotted home. It was essentially the kind of goal we’ve come to expect from the hugely talented Norwegian.
But it’s still one that showed his potential value to Liverpool. The Reds reportedly want the forward, after all. Christoph Freund, director at Haaland’s former club RB Salzburg, recently claimed he would end up at Anfield, presumably taking advantage of the reported £68m release clause in 2022.
So this goal is exactly the type of thing Liverpool want to see if they’re preparing a move.
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Liverpool have a particular style. They like to get the ball forward into good areas as quickly as possible. Now, if they can’t, they’re happy to pass it about but they look forward first and foremost.
Haaland is a fantastic fit, then. He’s physical, 6ft 4in tall, quick, and capable of running in behind. That all makes him the ideal counter-attacking player – Haaland is a threat no matter how you supply him.
And as for running in behind, Haaland’s goal was a wonderful example. Not just because of the timing, nor because of his superb control. But because of a previous miss.
Back at the start of the season, Dortmund played Bayern in the Super Cup. Haaland got in behind the defence in that one, too, and was one-on-one with Neuer.
He took the shot as most forwards would but found Neuer standing tall. The keeper saved it, given he’s one of the greatest of all-time. Haaland pointed out afterwards that Neuer caught him off guard – “97% of goalkeepers go down.”
🗣 Erling Haaland on this Manuel Neuer save:
"He stayed up. Ninety-seven per cent of goalkeepers go down and I score. But not this guy!" ❌pic.twitter.com/FUE8JQP15E
— Goal (@goal) November 7, 2020
So what did Haaland do the next time he came face to face with Neuer? He didn’t let him stand tall as he rounded the Bayern captain before scoring.
That’s exactly the kind of forward Liverpool need. Someone who will keep trying to hit the space but has the goalscoring prowess to adapt to the situation.
If the Reds truly want Haaland, you can bet they watch that goal with a smile on their face.