Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp tipped to sign ‘unbelievable’ Roberto Firmino successor

Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Erling Braut Haaland has what it takes to oust Roberto Firmino as Jurgen Klopp’s centre-forward. The Norwegian sensation has taken the world by storm this season, having scored 41 goals in 34 matches for RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland completed a January switch to the Bundesliga and has continued his rich vein of goalscoring form at Signal Iduna Park.

Despite only just arriving in Dortmund, his performances are reportedly capturing the interest of Real Madrid who have been linked with a summer move.

According to Barnes, Haaland would be the perfect fit for Liverpool and he is a player who they should be considering to eventually replace Firmino when the time is right.

“He’s unbelievable and for such a young lad who is taking everything by storm, he’s taking everything in his stride,” Barnes told Genting Bet.

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“He’s one of those players who doesn’t worry or think too much and he just does what needs to be done.

“If he played alongside [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane playing on the wing with Firmino as another option, he would be outstanding.

“He will only grow bigger, confidence-wise, he’ll only get wiser with the way that he plays and he’ll only get cuter with the way that he finishes.

“The sky is the limit, so it’s up to him to keep that momentum going, because it’s not easy to keep it going.”


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Liverpool are already poised to raid the Bundesliga for another forward in Timo Werner.

The RB Leipzig frontman is the club’s top target heading into the summer window.

But the coronavirus crisis has threatened to scupper the deal as Liverpool wait to assess their current finances.

Former Liverpool full-back Steve Nicol is optimistic that his old side can land Haaland, even if it takes several years to fall into place.

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“In five years time we don’t know who is going to be top of the tree,” Nicol told ESPN FC.

“Whoever it is, that’s the move for him because what he has shown us up until now is he looks like the real deal.

“He is like the heir to the throne of the best forward in the world and that means you play for the best team.

“Hopefully it is Liverpool in four or five years, I don’t know if they can sustain what they are doing now. He will go to the very top team.”

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