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Germany legend Stefan Effenberg believes Erling Haaland would have no trouble adapting to life at Liverpool should he swap Borussia Dortmund for the Premier League giants, speaking to T-Online. 

While Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have kept the chequebook buried deep in their pockets during the covid crisis – Ibrahima Konate was their only major signing in the summer – a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sign a generational talent would surely stir Liverpool into action. 

It’s no secret Haaland has a £68 million release clause in his contract, one that will become active next year. 

If £68 million could ever be described as a ‘bargain’, it’s Haaland.

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With that in mind, you can expect a feeding frenzy the likes of which European football has never seen with clubs from all corners of the continent jostling for position. 

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“Haaland is a massive centre-forward and a completely different type to Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota so he would fit very well (at Liverpool),” says Effenberg, the former Bayern Munich midfielder who believes Dusan Vlahovic could replace the Norwegian at Dortmund.  

“Basically, it’s clear to me. If a club has the chance to sign Haaland, they have to grab it. He is much further (in his development) than Robert Lewandowski was at that age.”  

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During his four-year spell at Dortmund – before becoming the Darth Vader figure at the helm of Bayern’s Death Star – Lewandowski averaged a goal every 0.55 games in yellow and black.

For Haaland, who only turned 21 in July, that average soars to a scarcely believable 1.1 goals per game.

In fact, he’s now scored 68 goals in 67 games since moving to Germany from Red Bull Salzburg two years ago. 

“(Haaland) has developed incredibly rapidly. He is so powerful almost every club in the world could use him,” Effenberg adds. 

“In Europe and especially in England, numerous clubs would be happy to spend the money on him.” 

However, the former Germany international thinks Haaland should stay in the Bundesliga for a while yet.

He said: “I would strongly advise against a transfer. (Haaland) is in an excellent position at BVB and enjoys complete trust. I hope he will be well advised and stay in Dortmund for another two or three years.”

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