Jürgen Klopp hinted at transfer switch Erling Haaland proves, but Liverpool know ‘£250m’ truth

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Liverpool and Manchester City still have a lot of battles to play this season and could still meet in the Champions League final, but both must also have their eye on the long term.

It was reported this week that Pep Guardiola’s side will soon complete a move for Norwegian striker Erling Haaland, who Manchester City have been tracking for some time.

The Borussia Dortmund striker will only cost around £63m in transfer fees, but the actual cost would be around £250m once agent fees, wages and all other costs are added in.

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Liverpool weren’t likely to splash that much money on Haaland, but does the deal change anything for them when it comes to competing with Manchester City again next season?

Two of our Liverpool.com editors have their say in the debate (and don’t forget: you can also have your say in the comments at the bottom of the page!).

“Erling Haaland doesn’t change anything” – Matt Addison

Liverpool have their plan, and that means one thing: a transfer for someone like Erling Haaland was definitely not going to happen. The departure of Michael Edwards, to be replaced by his understudy, Julian Ward, will not change anything.

Liverpool have already proven they are more than capable of matching Manchester City without spending mega-money. Right now, they have a better squad that Guardiola can call upon, and that’s without spending huge sums in every position, or blowing their salary structure out of the water.

They will likely have to sign a midfielder this summer, with a few players moving on. But even if that player were to be Jude Bellingham, who would cost a significant amount, it wouldn’t be the same type of deal as Haaland.

Bellingham would be on lower wages, his agent wouldn’t get a big sum on top of the transfer fee and there would be no intention of letting him move to Real Madrid in the future.

It seems more likely to me that Liverpool would sign a cheaper alternative to Bellingham, but in any case their transfer strategy this summer will be clear: value versus big spend.

Sometimes the two go hand in hand. But the true value of the package it will take to sign Haaland is well above his release clause, and Liverpool know there are smarter deals elsewhere.

The Reds will have participated in a quad at least this season and they might even win one. So why, then, do you change your strategy?

This will prevent some pundits delisting in August, but …

“A repeat Van Dijk guarantee success” – Ben Bocsak

Over the past two years, Liverpool have been able to cope with a limited budget compared to their rivals thanks to the smart spending of Michael Edwards. However, we have to wonder how long this can last, especially as the backbone of the Liverpool team continues to age.

When Jürgen Klopp embarked on his Liverpool career, he was reluctant to spend at exorbitant prices. After Manchester United signed Paul Pogba, he spoke against that kind of spending.

“If you bring in a player for £100m and he gets injured then it all goes down the drain,” Klopp said at the time. “The day it’s football, I’m not in a job anymore, because the game is to play together. »

But as Haaland shows, times have changed now, and not long after, as Klopp has begun construction of the core of the team, he also made costly acquisitions, including that of Virgil van Dijk for £ 75m and Alisson Becker for £ 66m.

As he approaches his second cycle at Liverpool, this type of spending may be necessary to establish and secure the new “backbone” of the squad around which Liverpool can build for the future. These are the kind of players who, in this day and age, FSG will have to shell out a huge figure for.

Since Klopp’s comments in 2016, the Liverpool boss has also opened up to the idea of ​​spending and realized the market has changed.

“Liverpool are an ambitious club and if we didn’t spend the same amount of money as others we wouldn’t be able to compete,” he explained. “Everyone is splashing the money, so we have to do the same.

“When I was in Germany, Bayern had a bottomless pit of money, as £ 100m. In today’s market, that makes you a central defender. So this bottomless pit of money is enough to buy a player in the world today and it does not even cover his salary.

“The market has changed more than expected, but I stand by what I said on the transfer Pogba. Maybe things were lost in translation, but my point was, if we get to a point where football is only money and not football, so I’m leaving; and I still feel the same way about it “.

If FSG want Liverpool to sustain their success and stay at the top for as long as possible, they must be open to the idea of ​​making similar investments in the club like the one that saw Liverpool sign Virgil van Dijk.

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