Jurgen Klopp has described Erling Haaland as a ‘force of nature’ and has discussed Liverpool’s potential interest in the Borussia Dortmund forward.
Haaland has emerged as arguably the most sought-after player in world football following an incredible emergence across the past two seasons, the Norwegian having scored 62 goals in just 63 appearances since signing for Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg.
The 21-year-old – who finished as the leading scorer in last season’s Champions League – is believed to have a release clause of €75m in his contract that will become active next summer, with Klopp insisting the forward will soon ‘be in conversation’ with Europe’s leading clubs.
“Of course, the danger exists with such an extraordinary talent,” he told Bild. “The boy is a force of nature.
“During a goal celebration, he hit the ball on the floor, so I was not sure if there was a dent in the ground.
“He will sooner or later be in conversation with large clubs. I don’t know if this will be the case next year, but Dortmund must then stick to it.”
Klopp was coy on potential interest from Liverpool in the star, but described Haaland as a ‘very interesting player’ as Europe’s elite compete for his signature next summer.
“He is simply a very interesting player. I really like the energy he puts on the square. But he would generally look at most teams.”
Klopp also discussed Haaland’s obvious frustrations when Dortmund concede goals, insisting the forward will ‘develop’ and learn that such situations occur as a result of the entire team.
“If a goal falls at the back, then something has already been done wrong in the front. He should also think about this in such situations. But he is still young, can still develop.”