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Lothar Matthaus believes reported Liverpool target Haaland is ready to leave Dortmund

Erling Haaland is reportedly ready to leave Borussia Dortmund, according to legendary German figure Lothar Matthaus – amid interest from Liverpool.

The Norwegian striker has continued his rich reign of goalscoring form this season, clocking up a whopping 17 goals 14 matches throughout 2020/21.

A recent report from EuroSport claimed that Liverpool insiders are confident that Jurgen Klopp’s next major signing could be 20-year-old Golden Boy Haaland.

World Cup winner Matthaus believes the time for Haaland to look towards his next footballing destination is now – with Manchester United and Manchester City also seeking out a move, as per The Mail.

Speaking with Bundesliga’s official website, via Marca, Matthaus said : ‘This positivity that he radiates on the team which is why I think that someday, Haaland will not be playing at Dortmund anymore and will make the next step. 

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“He is already ready and we are proud to have him in the Bundesliga.

“Dortmund need to be pleased to have gotten him because he is a striker that fits to a club with such emotions.”

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Haaland is currently nursing a muscle fibre injury as his club side to look to adapt in the aftermath of the sacking to former manager Lucien Favre.

The former RB Salzburg sensation has 10 goals in eight Bundesliga appearances while he has also contributed six strikes in Europe.

According to The Mail, Haaland has a £65 million release clause at Dortmund which comes into play from 2022, meaning the German outfit could be tempted to cash-in on Haaland before his price is significantly reduced.

Matthaus added than any big-club supposedly in the market for Haaland would be worth paying given he has already drawn comparisons to FIFA Best Men’s Player Robert Lewandowski.

“At the age of 20, he is a machine. He is a flying striker,” Matthaus added.

“He brings a positive energy in the team while also scoring goals. He is irreplaceable.

“Erling Haaland is regarded at Dortmund like Robert Lewandowski is at Bayern: the player upfront who is not only responsible for the goals but in charge of dragging the team with him. He is a leader at the age of 20.

“That says a lot and on top of that, he knows what he needs to do. He works defensively as well, something I really enjoy seeing Robert Lewandowski do as well. 

“He is not one to just stay forward. His mannerisms as well, for a 20-year-old, to not only think of himself but of his team.”

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