Jürgen Klopp has commented directly the Erling Haaland transfer saga but it may not be what Liverpool fans are hoping to hear as far as the forward is concerned.
“No chance! To be honest, I don’t want anything to do with it. It’s not fun.”
This summer, the 21-year-old is available this summer but interested parties must pay £75million to trigger his release clause.
The absurdity comes in when his wage demands and agents fees are brought into the picture. Mino Raiola, his agent, and Alfie, his father are also looking to be paid bonuses for their roles in the forward’s career.
Haaland wants to be paid £500,000, or €600,000, according to Mark Ogden, and Liverpool are certainly not going to entertain talk like that when they are currently refusing to pay Mohamed Salah the same wages.
The Egyptian has been a key part of Liverpool returning to their berth at the top of the European game and in England, where they are set to do battle with Manchester City in an incredible test of the two sides’ title credentials.
Klopp says Haaland deal is “not fun” – he’s got a point
While it would be incredible to see Haaland running amock in a Liverpool shirt where he could score 50 goals a season, the money involved sucks the joy out of the whole thing.
Obviously Haaland is entitled to ask for what he believe he is worth but I can’t see any situation where a 21-year-old footballer playing in the Bundesliga with having truly achieved anything extraordinary yet.
The money he’s demanding is the same wage that Cristiano Ronaldo is on at Manchester United and while he’s clearly past his best, at least he can claim to be the second-best player of all time.
Liverpool paying £500,000 per week to sign Haaland on top of a £75m fee would be absurd given the contract standoff between the Reds hierarchy and Salah’s representative.