‘Destructive’ summer transfer suits Liverpool better than Man City, says Ferdinand

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Rio Ferdinand has urged Liverpool to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland in front of Manchester City as he is better suited to their style of play.

Haaland is one of the best young talents in European football and has scored a goal a match for Borussia Dortmund since his switch from RB Salzburg in January 2020.

The 21-year-old looks set to leave the Bundesliga club this summer when his £ 68m release clause comes into force, although the £ 265m package agent Mino Raiola is pushing could deter a number of potential suitors.

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But Ferdinand reckons Haaland should sign for Liverpool over City, who he would more easily adapt to Jurgen Klopps system.

“I think he fits in better with other teams [than Man City]”said Ferdinand BT Sport on Wednesday. “If I were Liverpool, I would take him right now.

“If he goes to Liverpool, it’s a devastating front three. I do not think it is that difficult for him to adapt if he goes to Liverpool. It’s a different system.

“You can see Jack Grealish has gone to Man City, [he is a] top player, brilliant player, we all love to see him, but it’s pretty hard to adapt and get on that team.

“Not many players go there and adapt right away.”

Unlike Ferdinand, Michael Owen believes City – as Erling’s father Alf-Inge played for between 2000 and 2003 – is the right club for the striker.

His father Alf-Inge played for the reigning Premier League champions between 2000 and 2003, and Owen, who of course played for both United and Liverpool, said: “When Liverpool are at their best, they leave a gap in front in the middle.

“[Roberto] Firmino or [Diogo] Jota will come off [for] they run inside. I’m not sure Salah would get that many goals if Haaland were on the team.

“It’s an incredible prospect, but I would have thought Manchester City would be the most likely.

“I’m not sure if there’s a bit of bad blood between Haaland, his agent, and of course his father, who plays against Roy Keane at Manchester United.

“I’m not sure Manchester United would fit. [Romelu] Lukaku has just gone to Chelsea and I’m not sure if it would fit in Liverpool. Personally, I think of Man City. ”


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