Liverpool have been tipped to sign Erling Haaland

Liverpool have been backed to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland.

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Steve Nicol hopes his former side Liverpool will sign Erling Braut Haaland in the future after watching the 19-year-old score for Borussia Dortmund against Schalke this afternoon.

The Norwegian netted the opening goal – his 13th in 12 Dortmund appearances – as the Bundesliga resumed following the coronavirus break.

Schalke were heavily beaten 4-0 by a Haaland inspired Dortmund.

If the teenager continues this rich vein of form it will not be long before Real Madrid come knocking again.

Manchester United, who missed out on signing the stirrer in January, would also consider a second approach.

But Nicol thinks whoever is dominating European football will be at the front of the queue.

“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.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer flew out to meet Haaland in January but was unable to convince him to move to Old Trafford.

“It would be great for Man Utd but I don’t think it would be particularly great for Haaland,” Nicol added. “I think that’s ultimately why he didn’t go.

“If the situation at Manchester United had been 10 or 15 years ago where they were top of the league and in the Champions League then it would have been a tougher decision.

“I think where United are right now and where Haaland and Dortmund are, it was kind of the perfect fit. It was a smart move.”

Haaland has been tipped to become one of the best forwards in the world and Nicol thinks he can win the most prestigious individual honour of them all.

“Generally the Ballon d’Or is all about goals and in a strange twist of fate Haaland is all about goals,” he said.

“If he continues to do what he’s doing… the Ballon d’Or is not out of his reach.”

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