Liverpool told there is only one way they can sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund

John Arne Riise believes Liverpool will struggle to afford Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

Haaland has taken the Bundesliga by storm since his arrival in January 2020, but he’s already being linked with a move away.

Club across Europe, including Liverpool, are rumoured to be interested in a potential move for the 21-year-old forward.

But ex-Reds left-back Riise believes only Chelsea and Manchester City can afford to bring his fellow Norwegian to the Premier League.

He said on talkSPORT : “In the Premier League, I can only see maybe Manchester City and Chelsea being able to afford him.

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“But then again, is salary that important to him? He’s going to earn a lot anyway.

“The only chance I can see him at Liverpool is if the salary [demand] goes down.

“When it comes to his agent and the numbers I’m reading now, I can only see City or Chelsea in the Premier League.”

Reports emerged in September that Liverpool had ‘joined the race’ for Haaland, but Barcelona, PSG, Real Madrid also remain keen, along with Man City and Chelsea.

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It has been suggested the prolific forward’s release clause drops to to 90 million euros (£77m) in the summer, which has caught the attention of Europe’s top clubs.

Dortmund are aware they face a huge challenge to keep Haaland beyond the next two transfer windows.

“Of course it will be difficult. I am not saying, however, that it is completely out of the question,” the Bundesliga side’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told newspaper Welt am Sonntag a few months ago.

“We’ll do everything we can to keep our top players loyal to us in the future.”

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