As the dominant hegemony of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi declines in football and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah looks to have taken ascendancy, one man could challenge him for the throne in Erling Haaland.
The forward’s lethal and robot-like efficiency has seen him compared to a machine and his ruthlessness has attracted Europe’s elite — not least because Borussia Dortmund continue to struggle in Europe as well as the German outfit reportedly open to listening to offers.
Liverpool are a potential suitor among a myriad of others clubs. With Haaland having a release clause of £64m coming into play from next summer, he will not be out of Liverpool’s price range either.
According to 90min, Dortmund are willing to listen to offers that would involve instalments of the £64m fee rather than an upfront sum for Haaland this summer, which would significantly increase the likelihood of Liverpool being able to pull off a deal.
A lot of obstacles still remain in place for Haaland and a potential move to Anfield.
The likes of Manchester City and Chelsea are also among the parties circling for his services and considering they wield a far mightier financial power, you would think they would be able to offer a much wealthier wage package for Haaland that could give them the edge in negotiations.
With the Norwegian international represented by Mino Raiola, the controversial superagent’s involvement could also deter Liverpool from making a potential move.
However, the club does have an advantage in one aspect, as detailed recently by Rio Ferdinand.
Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand claimed Haaland would take less time to adjust to Liverpool’s system in comparison to Manchester City and that he should therefore pick Jürgen Klopp’s team.
“I think he suits other teams better [than Man City],” Ferdinand said. “If I was Liverpool I would take him right now.
“If he goes to Liverpool that’s a devastating front three. I don’t think it’s as hard for him to adapt if he goes to Liverpool. It’s a different system.
“You see Jack Grealish has gone to Man City, [he is a] top player, brilliant player, we all love watching him, but it’s quite hard to adapt and get into that team.”
Ferdinand’s suggestion is not wrong. Haaland is a pressing monster and his pace and power represent the core elements of the heavy metal football Jürgen Klopp is renowned for.
Stylistically, he attacks his opposition exactly where Klopp wants his attackers to pounce on the ball. Haaland averages a whopping 9.17 pressures in the opposition’s final third in the Bundesliga this season which is higher than Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota.
At 21 years of age, Liverpool will know they will be getting a player who has the potential to reach an indelible status in the game.
There are obstacles and hurdles in every major transfer, and when it comes to Erling Haaland, there’s going to be even more challenges that need to be overcome especially from a Liverpool perspective.
But if reports about instalments are true, the dream may have just gotten a little closer, and Liverpool must capitalise on the advantage they have over their rival challengers.