Former Liverpool hero John Arne Riise believes that the Premier League giants will struggle to finance a deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga superstar Erling Braut Haaland, as he told reporters.
After a summer window which saw Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United splash out £100 million, £97 million and £73 million respectively on marquee attacking signings
(Jack Grealish, Romelu Lukaku and Jadon Sancho), Jurgen Klopp indicated that Liverpool were in no position to compete with their big-spending top-flight rivals in the transfer market .
With that in mind, can Anfield be considered a realistic destination for a man who could conceivably be named the most sought after footballer on planet earth?
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It is no secret that Haaland has a £68 million release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract.
Coupled with his rumoured wage demands of £30 million-a-year (£575,000-a-week), Riise feels that Liverpool are up against it if they want to bring one of the hottest strikers in Europe to Merseyside .
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“In the Premier League, I can only see maybe Manchester City and Chelsea being able to afford him,” said Riise, a 2005 Champions League winner who, like Haaland represented the Norwegian national team.
“But then again, is salary that important to him? He’s going to earn a lot anyway.
The only chance I can see him at Liverpool is if the salary (demand) goes down.
“When it comes to his agent and the numbers I’m reading now, I can only see City or Chelsea in the Premier League.”
Haaland has plundered a remarkable 70 goals in 69 games since joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg two years ago, with Klopp describing an ‘extraordinary’ footballer as a ‘force of nature’.
Former Germany international Stefan Effenberg, however, sees things differently to Riise, highlighting the fact that a classic number nine like Haaland would add a completely new dimension to Klopp’s already fearsome Liverpool frontline.