Rio: ‘Devastating’ transfer better suited to Liverpool than Man City

Date published: Thursday 25th November 2021 10:41 - Will Ford

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Rio Ferdinand has urged Liverpool to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland ahead of Manchester City as he’s better suited to their style of play.

Haaland is one of the top young talents in European football and has scored a goal a game for Borussia Dortmund since his move from RB Salzburg in January 2020.

The 21-year-old looks set to leave the Bundesliga club this summer when his £68million release clause comes into effect, though the £265million package agent Mino Raiola is pushing for may put off a number of potential suitors.

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But Ferdinand reckons Haaland should sign for Liverpool over City, as he would more easily adapt to Jurgen Klopp’s system.

“I think he suits other teams better [than Man City],” Ferdinand told BT Sport on Wednesday. “If I was Liverpool I would take him right now.

“If he goes to Liverpool that’s a devastating front three. I don’t think it’s as hard for him to adapt if he goes to Liverpool. It’s a different system.

“You see Jack Grealish has gone to Man City, [he is a] top player, brilliant player, we all love watching him, but it’s quite hard to adapt and get into that team.

“Not many players go there and adapt immediately.”

In contrast to Ferdinand, Michael Owen believes City – for whom Erling’s dad Alf-Inge played between 2000 and 2003 –  is the right club for the striker.

His dad Alf-Inge played for the reigning Premier League champions between 2000 and 2003 and Owen, who of course played for both United and Liverpool, said: “When Liverpool are at their best they leave a hole up front in the centre.

“[Roberto] Firmino or [Diogo] Jota will come off [for] those runs inside. I’m not sure Salah would get as many goals if Haaland was in the team.

“It’s an unbelievable prospect but I would’ve thought that Manchester City would be the likeliest.

“I’m not sure if there is a bit of bad blood between Haaland, his agent, obviously his dad playing against Roy Keane at Manchester United.

“I’m not sure Manchester United would fit. [Romelu] Lukaku has just gone to Chelsea and I’m not sure if would fit at Liverpool. Personally I think Man City.”


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