Haaland’s first coach makes Liverpool transfer admission after talks held

Erling Haaland’s first coach in football wants the Dortmund star to join Liverpool.

Haaland is linked with a big-money transfer this summer and his dad Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola have been speaking to a number of top clubs in Europe ahead of the window opening.

The duo were spotted in Spain last week as they visited both Barcelona and Real Madrid.

They later flew to the UK were they are believed to have talked to representatives from both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool.

It’s not yet known who Haaland will sign for, but his former coach at Bryne FK Alf Ingve Berntsen wants him to join Liverpool.

Erling Haaland's first coach in football wants the Dortmund star to join Liverpool
Erling Haaland’s first coach in football wants the Dortmund star to join Liverpool
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“If I had to decide, I’d go for Liverpool because that’s my club – but I don’t decide,” the coach told BBC 5 LIVE.

“I don’t have a clue what they will do, Erling and his team have made very good choices and shown great knowledge in choosing the club that’s best for him in the past.

“It’s a very small town and we have only about 12,000 who live here. Pretty much everybody knows each other. The first time I saw him playing football was when he was seven and he was good from the start.

“We couldn’t tell how far he would go but now and then you have some young players who show something special from an early age. It’s unusual to continue at that level though, most of the youth with such quality can fade away. We couldn’t tell when he was seven where it was going.

“He still has the same playing style like when he was 11 or 12. He’s very smart in the box and moves very smart. He has a good technique when it comes to scoring goals and the technical, tactical and physical aspects are just at the highest level. He’s also mentally very strong and the combination of these four make it special with Erling.

Haaland is linked with every top club in Europe
Haaland is linked with every top club in Europe
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“It’s always difficult to tell how it’s going to be, it’s not always going to be a constant increase in quality. He is at a very high level now but he is only 20 and most of his game can improve. If he enjoys his club now or potentially a new club, I think he will just increase his progress. He just needs to avoid injuries. But usually, when you’re 20, you get better.

“I haven’t seen him for a long time because of the coronavirus situation but I sometimes contact him. He was part of a group of players that trained together for many years. He has a big part in my heart. Now and then we speak over messenger and such.

“I don’t give him advice anymore, I’m not the old grumpy coach anymore! He’s managed by himself and very good people around him. We are very proud of the way he presents our region and our part of our country and who he is, not just the football but the person he has become.”

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