Liverpool learn ‘conditions’ of Erling Haaland transfer as Steven Gerrard makes ‘stolen’ admission
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Liverpool leave him late
It seems unlikely that anyone missed this story, but the only place to start is Liverpool’s late triumph over Wolves thanks to Divock Origi.
Never has such a relatively partial player had such an impressive collection of iconic moments. Its cult status was earned a long time ago, but it made it even stronger – and more importantly, kept the title challenge well and truly on track.
One man who will be especially grateful is Diogo Jota, who missed a glorious scoring chance against his former club when he failed to dodge defenders on the six-yard line. What could have been a haunting moment turned into a fun moment, all thanks to Origi’s antics.
Liverpool are now second, one point behind leaders Man City, after Chelsea lost 3-2 to West Ham.
Daring raid in Man City lines up
Liverpool are said to be one of many clubs interested in loaned Man City goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.
This is according to the Sunday Mirror, via The Boot Room. Currently plying his trade at Portsmouth, the Ireland international mainly keeps Caoimhín Kelleher out of the national team, and has looked extremely impressive for the club and the country. Man City want to give him a new contract, but Liverpool are among the clubs going in circles.
His existing deal still runs until 2024, so there is no rush, but it is a situation that is bound to be watched by Julian Ward and the team. The young cap appears to be destined for the top – if the opportunity presents itself to lure him to Anfield it would be foolish not to investigate.
Bazunu would add to a host of promising options for young Liverpool goalkeepers, who will now work with Brazilian legend Cláudio Taffarel. However, it is a transfer that seems highly unlikely.
Gerrard makes a “stolen” confession
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard takes on former Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers today, as Aston Villa takes on Leicester City in the Premier League. Upstream, he spoke to Sky Sports about their collaboration.
As a player under Rodgers between 2012 and 2015, Gerrard was entering the twilight of his playing career and starting to think about management. As such, he absorbed a lot of the coach’s insight:
“I think he’s really good at his individual affairs, at the way he deals with changing rooms and people, so if I didn’t take things away from Brendan, if I didn’t learn from him, I would be very. stupid and naive.
“For me, I think he will manage at the highest level for a long time. I learned tons from Brendan, I won’t be afraid to admit I stole a few things from him too.
Gerrard started promisingly at Aston Villa, winning his first two matches before posting a respectable performance in a 2-1 loss to Manchester City. Faced with one of his influences, it will be a fascinating encounter.
Haaland reiterated “conditions”
Borussia Dortmund have at times been somewhat coy about Erling Haaland’s release clause, but sporting director Michael Zorc recently confirmed that the Norwegian may leave the club this summer under “certain conditions”.
Speaking to Sport1, via the Mirror, he said: “The point is he has a contract. But it’s also a fact, and it’s no secret, that he can leave the club under certain conditions.
“Erling and the club are dealing with the issue very professionally. We’ll see how things go.
“There is, despite the pandemic, no economic need to sell it. This is also a fact. We will sit down and see how the talks go.”
Liverpool are one of a plethora of big clubs keeping an eye on these transfer “terms”. It will be a tricky task to tempt him at Anfield ahead of a number of wealthier suitors, but the release clause – estimated at around £ 75million – is not entirely unaffordable for FSG.
Haaland recently returned from injury, scoring in both games since returning to score 12 goals in nine Bundesliga games. The most recent was a 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich which sparked major controversy: Haaland and his colleague said Liverpool transfer target Jude Bellingham strongly criticized the referee.