RB Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund believes that Liverpool will get Haaland on their side soon.
Erling Haaland was a big success at RB Salzburg before moving to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. However, Freund now believes that Jurgen Klopp’s side can be Haaland’s next destination – and is confident he will go there.
“That’s where he will land,” Freund told Sky Sports after Bayern and Germany legend Lothar Matthaus suggested Liverpool as a potential destination.
“He can play for any club in the world. With his mentality, his will, with his self-confidence he can make a mark on European football in the next ten years.”
Haaland, only 20 years old, scored 44 goals across all competition in the 2019/20 campaign – a very impressive amount. Freund recounts on how Salzburg managed to get hold of the starlet.
“It was a very long process to get Erling,” Freund told Goal and Spox.
“We first noticed him in 2016 at a game for the Norwegian Under-16 national team. Because it was difficult to get recordings of his games, we had it filmed.
“He convinced us right from the start, so the scout contacted him and his father. It is a great advantage to be in personal contact with a talent and their guardians before any other potentially interested club.
“That was in 2018. He seemed very focused, intelligent and self-confident to me. He knew exactly what he wanted.”
“Erling was not only a special story in this respect. That doesn’t hurt at all, it makes us proud because it’s part of our concept,” Freund added of Haaland’s exit.
“The player can take the next step, we get income through a transfer, which we can invest in scouting and new talent, among other things.
“In addition, there is again a free place in the squad that the next talent can take. It is a confirmation for us that we are on the right path.”