is reportedly the best striker in the world, according to Jurgen Klopp, who is trying to stop the Manchester City player this weekend. In a press conference before this weekend’s match between Liverpool and Manchester City, Klopp outlined why Haaland’s all-around skill set makes him “unique” among center-forwards. He said Zlatan Ibrahimovic was similar to the City star, but added that he had never seen a striker so complete at such a young age.
That close, Klopp remarked. Perhaps not, but there were other tall, strong, skilled hitters. Not necessarily the same, though. For instance, Zlatan, who is extraordinary, is tall.
The thing with Erling is that he combines so many different elements. You don’t often have that. His finishing prowess is clear, but he moves really cleverly, which makes him tricky. Speed can only be utilized if it is applied intelligently. Running by itself is useless. You must obtain the ball and possess the patience necessary to refrain from running offside, among other things. Undoubtedly, the package makes it special.
Since moving from Borussia Dortmund to the Premier League in the summer, Haaland has dominated the competition. The Norwegian has scored in each of his previous 11 club games and has 15 goals in nine league outings and 20 across all competitions. He did not play in City’s Tuesday night Champions League tie in Copenhagen.
Although the Cherries were still defeated 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium in August, Bournemouth is the only team to have prevented Haaland from scoring in club football this year. On Sunday at 4 p.m. UK time, the Reds will try to give their season a much-needed boost by defeating Haaland and City at Anfield.
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