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Liverpool Among Several Clubs Hoping To Land This Bundesliga Star: Dream Signing For Klopp?

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In a recent print edition, Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Liverpool are among several clubs hoping to land Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland. It is believed that the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is willing to cash in on one of his front three to fund a move for the Norwegian attacker this summer but could face competition in the form of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea (transcripted and translated by Sport Witness).

Haaland’s Incredible Numbers For Dortmund This Season

The Leeds-born striker is having another outstanding campaign at the Signal Iduna Park as he has been a goal-scoring machine as the focal point of the Dortmund attack. Haaland has banged in 31 goals and provided eight assists in 30 matches for the German outfit this term across all fronts.

The Norwegian youngster has done well to average 3.2 shots, 0.9 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga. The 20-year-old has even raised his game in Europe, where he is averaging 4.0 shots, 1.5 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game in the UEFA Champions League so far (stats via whoscored).

Haaland is still under contract with Dortmund until the summer of 2024, so Liverpool will have to engineer a big-money move if they are serious about acquiring his services when the transfer window commences later this year.

Liverpool among several clubs hoping to land Haaland who is seen in the picture
BV Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha BSC Berlin – 1. Bundesliga Dortmund, Deutschland, 13.03.2021: Lukas Kluenter Hertha BSC und Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund im zweikampf bei dem Spiel der 1. Bundesliga zwischen BV Borussia Dortmund und Hertha BSC Berlin im Signal Iduna Park am 13. Maerz 2021 in Dortmund. Foto von Alex Gottschalk/POOL DFB / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO. Dortmund Signal Iduna Park North Rhine-Westphalia Deutschland *** BV Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha BSC Berlin 1 Bundesliga Dortmund, Germany, 13 03 2021 Lukas Kluenter Hertha BSC and Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund in a duel during the match of the 1 Bundesliga between BV Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC Berlin at Signal Iduna Park on 13 March 2021 in Dortmund Photo by Alex Gottschalk POOL DFB DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND OR QUASI VIDEO Dortmund Signal Iduna Park North Rhine Westphalia Germany Poolfoto Alex Gottschalk/POOL ,EDITORIAL USE ONLY

What Are The Norway International’s Best Attributes?

Haaland can use his quickness to make some well-timed runs in behind the opponent’s backline. He is a lethal finisher in the final third and usually packs a lot of power with his shot attempts. Standing at 1.94m, the seven-time Norway international is a strong presence in the air and can score his fair share of goals via headers. At 20, he is only getting started and has a promising future ahead of him in European football.

Will Haaland Be A Dream Signing For The Reds?

Therefore, recruiting Haaland will be a dream acquisition for Klopp even if he has to lose one of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino to make it happen. The Norwegian attacker is a once in a generation talent and would undeniably add a lot of long-term value to the Merseyside club, which is precisely what the Liverpool owners, Fenway Sports Group want after a tough season in the Premier League so far.

However, the Reds would find it difficult to lure a player of Haaland’s quality if they fail to secure UEFA Champions League football for next season. Hence, a lot will be riding on how they finish this campaign after the international break.

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