Rio Ferdinand urges Liverpool to sign star striker ahead of rival Manchester City


Rio Ferdinand has argued that Borussia should join the Liverpool race to sign Dortmund striker Erling Holland because he is more suited to Jurgen Klopp’s system than Manchester City.

The former Manchester United defender was speaking after Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Porto in the Champions League, which saw the Reds B win five to five.

He did so with regular forwards Diego Jota and Roberto Firmino out of injury.

However, in Ferdinand’s opinion, Klopp must do everything he can to try and secure the signature of another shooter – which reinvents the Liverpool front three.

For the 43-year-old, moving to Merseyside may be more successful than the young Norwegian man chose to join Pep Guardiola in the City – which many are expecting.

“If he goes to Liverpool it will be a devastating front three. If he goes to Liverpool I don’t think it’s difficult for him to adapt. It’s a different system.”

The former England international used City star Jack Grealish as a cautionary tale, who has sometimes struggled to meet Guardiola’s high tactical standards.

“You see Jack Grealish go to Man City, [he is a] He’s a top player, a fantastic player, we all love to see him, but it’s very hard to fit in and get into that team, ”he said.

In contrast, former Liverpool striker Michael Owen, who has scored 118 goals for the club in 216 matches, thinks the arrival of Liverpool could destabilize the attack.

As they say, many of Mohamed Salah’s and Sadio Mane’s goals came from a pair floating inside the pitch, where they could be center-forward.

“When Liverpool are the best, they leave a hole in the middle,” Owen explained.

“[Roberto] Firmino or [Diogo] Jotha comes out [for] They run inside. I’m not sure Salah would score as many goals as Holland.

“It is an incredible prospect but I thought Manchester City was the most probable. [Destination]. “

For Holland, a series of injury layoffs has limited his playing time in Germany.

The 21-year-old has not played since October, though he hopes to return to action at some point before the Bundesliga winter break begins in just over a month.

A transfer rope is expected for Holland next summer, with reports suggesting they will be available for just £ 75 million – thanks to a release clause in their current BVB contract.

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