Reports last week from Germany suggested Liverpool won’t be in the race when it comes to signing Erling Haaland.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said he knows the Merseyside club’s owners and he doesn’t believe they’d be ready to part with the money needed to take the striker from Borussia Dortmund.

It’s not so much the reported clause that would be the issue, but the commission Mino Raiola, and potentially others, will want, and also the wages that Haaland will require.

Mundo Deportivo see it differently, and when covering a potential Barcelona swoop for the Norway international, they name Liverpool specifically as competition.

Jurgen Klopp’s side, Real Madrid and PSG are all said to be ‘in the footsteps’ of Haaland, ahead of his expected transfer less than a year from now.

For Liverpool, a lot will surely depend on how their season goes, and another Premier League title could see the club’s owners overcome with excitement and a fresh will to invest in Klopp’s squad.

That would be the hope for Liverpool fans, and they certainly wouldn’t want to see Haaland join a rival in England.