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Opinion: Alexander Isak can be Liverpool's answer to Sancho and Haaland

Alexander Isak can be Liverpool’s answer to Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland. The Reds reportedly want the striker.

Alexander Isak is not Erling Haaland good but he could be about as good an answer to the Norwegian as it gets.

Noticias de Gipuzkoa claims Liverpool want Isak this summer, seeing him as a long-term replacement for Roberto Firmino. They might be onto something with that and you can read our thoughts on Isak here.

He’d cost around £60m, however, with his release clause.

And this comes as Liverpool’s rivals reportedly plot moves for elite young players. Chelsea, for instance, are moving forward on plans to sign Erling Haaland, per the Transfer Window Podcast.

Then there are reports – per the Manchester Evening News – that Manchester United are closing in on Jadon Sancho. That’s potentially two of Europe’s brightest young talents joining in the Premier League title race.

There’s no doubt each signing would take the respective club up a level. They’re sensational players who will only get better.

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Would they move them onto Liverpool’s level? We’re not sure but it certainly makes things close. The Reds – providing there isn’t another injury crisis – have a squad capable of winning the title at a canter.

Chelsea did just win the Champions League, though, and Haaland would feel like a final piece to their jigsaw. United would finally have an elite winger after a second-place finish, too.

Both deals would be worrisome for the Reds/ But in Isak, Liverpool might have their answer.

Alexander Isak or Erling Haaland?

Well, Haaland, of course. He is the better player despite being slightly younger.

But Isak would be a tremendous fit at Liverpool and is an elite young talent in his own right. He can press excellently, while 17 goals in La Liga at 21 is phenomenal.

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We’d back Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp to quickly move him on a few levels, too. They tend to when they get a hold of a top talent.

So Isak wouldn’t just be an immediate goal-threat and answer to Haaland and Sancho, but also a long-term answer. Much like the other two, he’s someone Liverpool could back for close to a decade and build their attack around.

No, it’s not quite matching the other two – Isak isn’t quite at that level yet. But the 21-year-old has enough talent to be a similar threat.

With any luck, Isak would help keep Liverpool competitive for years to come. And that’s looking like a very important factor as other clubs look to do the same.

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