Jurgen Klopp believes despite Erling Haaland’s individual quality, Manchester City will improve him and not the other way around.
Liverpool’s Premier League title rivals confirmed on Tuesday they have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for Haaland’s transfer.
The 21-year-old has scored 28 goals in 29 appearances for Dortmund this year and will be expected to fill the void up front for City, who were strongly linked with Harry Kane last year.
Klopp was quick to suggest that while Haaland is an undeniable talent, the nature of City’s play under Pep Guardiola means they are more likely to transform the Norwegian striker than adjust to him.
Manchester City can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the Club on 1st July 2022.
The transfer remains subject to the Club finalising terms with the player.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 10, 2022
“City was never and will never be a team that wins games because of one player,” Klopp told reporters after seeing his Liverpool team beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Tuesday.
“There’s a specific way to play, and I think Erling will realise he will score a lot of goals on the second post if he just puts a foot onto it.
“He will love that, and now we have other situations where he’s a real beast. He was now injured a couple of times at Dortmund but when he’s a fit he’s a real beast. Unfortunately, a really good signing.”
Liverpool momentarily moved level on points with City atop the Premier League following their triumph at Villa Park, but the defending champions play their game in hand against Wolves on Wednesday.
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