Erling Haaland is perhaps the most relevant player in world football right now. Indeed, this is a big statement to make, yet it seems that every club on the face of the earth is dreaming about landing the Borussia Dortmund starlet this summer.
The 20-year-old attacking sensation has enjoyed a stunning second season in the Bundesliga despite Dortmund’s struggles.
The prolific Norwegian striker reportedly has an array of potential suitors who all dream of securing Haaland’s signature in the coming months. Liverpool are amongst them.
Bild report that Liverpool are among the clubs Haaland would consider joining.
Two other Premier League clubs make the list, too, Manchester United and Manchester City. However, the report suggests that Haaland would not be interested by the possibility of linking up with Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea, as he does not see them as a top-tier club.
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Another European heavyweight Haaland is keen to avoid is Bayern Munich, as he isn’t keen on the prospect of competing with Robert Lewandowski.
What does this mean?
At this early stage, all Liverpool can do is throw their hat amongst the pigeons and hope the Reds catch Haaland’s attention.
Having Jurgen Klopp at the helm certainly works in Liverpool’s favour, too. The former Dortmund manager is one of the best in the business when it comes to player management, while his work at Anfield won’t have gone unnoticed to Haalnd.
EuroSport recently reported that Anfield officials had said that they expect Haaland to be Klopp’s next major signing.
Also, Liverpool have a great relationship with his former club, RB Salzburg, as well as his current team Dortmund.
Klopp, too, is an admirer of Haaland and his working relationship with Dortmund could work in Liverpool’s favour.
Of course, it’s easy to see why Haaland has been dominating the plaudits in recent weeks, too. This season, he has scored 27 goals in 27 games for Dortmund.
Who has the edge in Haaland race?
The report from BILD, though, does credit City as the favourites to land Haaland because of their finances and the fact Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, used to play for the Citizens.
The Athletic highlighted Liverpool’s need for another attacking addition given the fact Roberto Firmino has struggled in front of goal recently.
The Brazlian number nine has just six goals in 36 appearances this season, after all.
However, whether or not Liverpool can afford to put themselves in the running remains to be seen. If a move were to happen, it’s likely the club would have to claw back some money with significant player sales.