Liverpool can now reach agreement to sign £65m forward in January – opinion

The transfer window has slammed shut and with it, all chances of reinforcing their squad have evaded Liverpool but plans to sign Erling Haaland must be set into place.

News of Michael Edwards stepping down and the lack of new signings has Liverpool fans struggling to back the owners but signing Haaland would make them forget everything.

Even their involvement in the Super League fiasco might be forgiven should the Americans bring the Norwegian to Anfield.

DORTMUND, GERMANY - MAY 22: Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Signal Iduna Park on May 22, 2021 in Dortmund, Germany.

It’s difficult to understand the decision not to replace Xherdan Shaqiri even with Harvey Elliott staying at the club.

The 18-year-old can’t be a replacement for both Wijnaldum and Shaqiri and yet it looks like he will provide cover for both of his former senior teammates.

An injury to Roberto Firmino has already exposed how worrying Liverpool’s depth in attack is and the Brazilian isn’t even a starter these days with Diogo Jota comfortably outperforming him recently.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are set to head off to AFCON in January and while they’re only expected to miss a handful of games, it’s difficult not to worry about what happens if they sustain an injury at the tournament.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool hugs Harvey Elliott during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield on August 21, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

A report from Marca suggests that Haaland’s £65million release clause is now active which means Liverpool and other interested clubs can technically sign him in January.

Borussia Dortmund would be unwilling to let him leave mid-way through the season but if the report is accurate, they will be legally bound to release him if a club triggers the clause.

Of course, his wages could be a major issue for the Reds as their wage structure hinders them from completing marquee moves but that’s an issue for FSG and Michael Edwards to navigate.

Signing Haaland wouldn’t just address Jurgen Klopp’s lack of depth in attack but it would give Liverpool security in their future.

Haaland

Unfortunately, after the recent disappointment in the transfer market, I have little faith that FSG can deliver a signing of this magnitude.

The only hope that I have is that Michael Edwards will want to go out with a bang and can use Haaland to do so but that’s wishful thinking, to say the least.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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