Is Haaland a realistic transfer target for Liverpool?

Stefan Bienkowski
Haaland started his Champions League campaign with a goal versus Besiktas

Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise has urged his former club to pull out all the stops and sign Erling Haaland next summer.

The Borussia Dortmund striker is widely believed to leave his current club at the end of this season, with most of Europe’s biggest clubs waiting to make a substantial offer for his services.

At the moment, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City all seem to be the leading contenders for Haaland’s signature, but Riise hopes the Anfield side will be able to beat their rivals to signing the striker next summer.

Haaland would suit Klopp’s style

"Obviously I would love to have him at Liverpool, because he’s an unbelievable player," Riise said in an interview with Goal. "He’s in great form, and I think he would suit [Jurgen] Klopp’s style of football. I also think he would love Liverpool as a club.

Whoever gets Haaland, whether it’s next season or whatever, is going to be an unbelievably strong team for many years to come.
- John Arne Riise

"But if [Manchester] City got him, wow! You talk about unbeatable teams, then that would be close!

"Whoever gets Haaland, whether it’s next season or whatever, is going to be an unbelievably strong team for many years to come.

"I don’t know if Liverpool have the chance to sign him, but if they do then please do, because that would be unbelievable for the club - or for any club that signs him!"

Haaland has continued his remarkable goalscoring form for Dortmund this season

Haaland has continued his remarkable goalscoring form for Dortmund this season

Could Liverpool sign Haaland?

While few would doubt that Haaland could certainly improve Klopp’s side, the economics of such a move are hard to justify ahead of the summer transfer window.

If the Dortmund striker does indeed have a release clause in his contract, it will mean Haaland will likely go to the club that can offer him the most amount of money and the greatest route to silverware.

Liverpool could certainly make the case that they’re one of the best teams in the Premier League and in Europe, but they still can’t afford to match certain super clubs around the continent when it comes to offering obscene wages.

If rumours from Italy are to be believed, Haaland will demand an annual salary of €50 million at his next club, which is well beyond the very highest earners at Liverpool right now. As such, it seems unlikely that the Anfield side would be able to pull off a signing like this next summer.