Liverpool reportedly show interest in RB Salzburg wonderkid Erling Haaland

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

Liverpool have reportedly joined the race for Erling Haaland.

What’s the story?

According to Calciomercato, Juventus want to sign the Norwegian wonderkid, but face competition from Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool.

The report claims there is “more to come” on the matter, perhaps implying we could hear more about the Reds’ interest over the international break.

Haaland is in contract with Red Bull Salzburg until 2023, but you feel it may prove impossible for the Austrian outfit to hold onto him after his remarkable breakthrough this year.

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Goal machine

Not many players rock up to Anfield and score within minutes of getting onto the pitch. Especially not against this Jurgen Klopp side, who have lost just one league fixture since the beginning of last season.

That’s exactly what Haaland did though, tapping home from close range just five minutes after coming on as a substitute in last week’s epic Champions League encounter, and it’s not exactly surprising when you look at his goals record this season.

The 19 year-old has a quite ridiculous 18 goals and five assists in 11 games in all competitions this season. Having spent 795 minutes on the pitch, that’s a scarcely believable goal every 44 minutes.

When Roberto Firmino turns 30 in October 2021, Haaland will be 21 and ready for the pressure of being a centre-forward at a European powerhouse, so the Reds’ interest makes perfect sense.

He is 6 foot 4, a goalscoring machine and seemingly not fazed by playing under the brightest lights, evidenced by his effort at Anfield last week.

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The thought of replacing Firmino may be too much for some Reds fans, but it’s going to have to happen at some point in the future, and Haaland could be just the man to do it.

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