For Liverpool, there seems to be one transfer target that continues to become more relevant with every passing week.
With the team’s recent attacking deficiencies laid bare against Brighton on Wednesday night, it seems the addition of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland is a no-brainer from Jurgen Klopp’s point of view.
The Norwegian international has been scoring for fun in the German top-flight since he arrived from RB Salzburg last year.
Haaland has 14 goals in 14 Bundesliga games this season despite his team’s struggles, and he boasts an overall total of 38 goals in 39 Dortmund appearances since joining.
Meanwhile, Roberto Firmino has just seven goals in his previous 37 league matches.
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Although both players boast completely different qualities, there has been a concern of late in Firmino’s link-up play and creativity, which has facilitated both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in recent seasons.
A need for a striker
The Brazilian’s struggles aren’t the only concern for Liverpool, either. None of Salah, Mane or Diogo Jota are natural strikers at this point, which really leaves only Divock Origi as the other option. His form has dwindled dramatically over the past 12 months, too.
Indeed, he is considered a club legend, but his status alone isn’t enough to bail Liverpool out when Firmino is underperforming.
Meanwhile, Haaland guarantees one thing that Firmino just doesn’t at this present moment – goals.
He is 20-years-old and could lead the line at Liverpool for the best part of a decade. Haaland’s acquisition really would be problem solved from an attacking viewpoint.
We aren’t the only ones who think Liverpool should consider Haaland. BBC Sport have tipped him as the perfect attacking solution for Klopp.
How much would he cost?
Haaland has a release clause that comes into effect in the summer of 2022 for £66 million.
Put simply, this is a bargain that Liverpool cannot afford to overlook. There is also the possibility, too, that Dortmund could be forced to accept an increased offer this summer.
Amid persistent links to Kylian Mbappe, the signing of Haaland certainly represents a more financially safer option.
Indeed, Liverpool would have to pay big to secure the Norwegian striker’s services, but, then, there is also the risk of allowing him to join a Premier League rivals such as Manchester City or Chelsea.
Let’s look at it this way, by not signing Haaland you risk the possibility of strengthening your fiercest rivals quite significantly. It’s scary to imagine the difference he could make, particularly at City.
The reality is that there aren’t any players like Haaland currently on the market. He is a generational talent and unfortunately, these players cost big money.
Still, the immediate injection of goals coupled by the guaranteed longevity make could make this a relatively low-risk investment from Liverpool’s behalf.
The club would be silly to at least not put themselves in the running for the Dortmund sensation.