Jurgen Klopp believes Manchester City’s move for Erling Haaland ‘will set new levels’ in the Premier League.
City are closing in on the signing of the Borussia Dortmund forward with an official announcement expected this week, with the Premier League champions set to activate the €75m release clause in the Norwegian’s contract.
Haaland has emerged as one of the most coveted talents in world football following his emergence, scoring 85 goals in just 88 appearances since signing for Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
Klopp spoke on Haaland’s impending arrival and says he always expected City to continue ‘developing’ when deciding to sign a new contract at Liverpool, but admitted the signing of the prolific forward will increase the levels of Pep Guardiola’s side.
“I signed a new contract knowing that City would not stop developing,” he told Sky Sports. “It’s not about City to define if we can be happy or not, it’s about us and what we can make of it.
“You have so many opportunities and so many different ways to win a football game, and we have to find just one. It’s possible obviously and we can do that.
“We face City two, three – with cup competitions, the Champions League – five, six times maybe a year but not more often than all the rest.
“If Erling Haaland goes there, it will not weaken them, definitely not. I think there’s enough spoken about this transfer. I know there is a lot of talk out there about money, but this transfer will set new levels, let me say it like this.”
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