According to The Telegraph, Liverpool are not one of the major players listed in the race to sign Erling Haaland this summer.
The report states that Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea will battle it out for the signature of the Borussia Dortmund sensation.
Real Madrid, too, are interested by the prospect of bringing the 2020 Golden Boy to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
Can Liverpool still hope for Haaland?
So, it seems like a number of media publications have already written off Liverpool’s chances of signing arguably the most coveted player currently in Europe.
However, there is still hope for Liverpool, after reports emerged that Haaland revealed that a club ‘must’ want him before he is to sign for them, amid the continued furore surrounding his future.
This comes from Norwegian publication VG. They claim that Haaland wants to feel valued at his next club – which is something that Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool could certainly provide.
A deal, then, is still possible if Haaland wants it. His motives appear driven by a sense of belonging at the right club as opposed to money.
Still, Liverpool have to be braced for the reality that Haaland is far from the most attainable player on the market.
Liverpool have to pro-active
Liverpool, then, have to be prepared for anything and accept that signing Haaland is far from a probable scenario.
In fact, even Manchester United are wary about the possibility of competing with the likes of City, Chelsea and Madrid in a summer bidding war.
Also, with Haaland’s release clause not coming into effect until 2022, Dortmund are well within their right to command an asking-price in excess of £100 million.
Yes, signing Haaland would be a dream outcome, but it’s important to have some perspective, too. The odds are against Liverpool and Klopp and his team have already been written off as potential suitors.
So, Liverpool need to be smart and ensure that other more attainable options are explored to improve the club’s forward line.
This shouldn’t be too much of a problem given the club’s self-sustaining transfer model.
Ironically, Haaland’s former teammate, Patson Daka, has also been credited as a viable Liverpool target [Salzburger Nachrichten].
With 27 goals to his name this season, Daka represents a good, cheaper and credible alternative to Haaland. However, it’s important to note that there is nothing active from Liverpool’s part regarding the forward as yet, beyond the occasional link.
Haaland is a big test of the club’s resolve in terms of FSG providing Klopp the funds for the right player. Liverpool have done it before as showcased in the successful acquisitions of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.
However, Liverpool need to be prepared for a number of potential outcomes this summer.
It’s very possible, then, that we could see another Diogo Jota scenario arise this summer, with Liverpool potentially already laying the foundations for a viable candidate still yet to be actively linked to Anfield.