Former Liverpool player John Aldridge is pleading with the club to go out and sign Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland at the end of the season.
Aldridge is concerned by Roberto Firmino’s form for Liverpool and believes that Haaland would be a great addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad, estimating that he would cost a fee in the region of £100m from the German club.
Speaking to the Sunday World, Aldridge has offered his thoughts on Liverpool’s centre-forward situation. “Roberto Firmino’s form has been a concern for some time, so I would encourage Liverpool to do all they can to sign Erling Haaland next summer.
“Liverpool don’t have a Plan B option in their forward line and as we have seen with their slump in form over the last few weeks, they don’t have a back-up plan when Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are not firing.
“A player like Haaland would give them that variation and while he would cost in excess of £100m to sign from Dortmund, he is the man I’d like to see Liverpool go for.
“This lad looks to be the real deal and he has lived up to his hype time and again over the last year. He’s strong, direct, great in the air and a brilliant finisher.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Haaland crushes Firmino in terms of individual stats over the past 12 months, with an unbelievable goalscoring rate for Dortmund. The Norweigan striker has scored 20 goals in 16 starts across the Bundesliga and Champions League this season, having also scored 15 goals in 12 starts in the same competitions in the second-half of last season for the club having joined from Salzburg in January 2020.
Firmino, on the other hand, has only scored 15 goals in 60 starts across the Premier League and Champions League since the start of last season. This shows that Haaland is, by quite some distance, the better finisher and goalscorer and could add more of a threat in central areas for Klopp’s team. Although, Firmino also has 14 assists in that time whilst Haaland has managed four, which suggests that Firmino is more effective as a playmaker than the Dortmund man, but that could be down to the system the teams play.
Despite Haaland appearing to be the striker based on the statistics, it remains to be seen whether or not Liverpool have the funds to afford him. £100m would be a club-record transfer for Liverpool and the club have reportedly opted against signings this month due to the financial impact of Covid-19, suggesting that there is a shortage of money at Anfield.
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