There’s something in the Haaland blood. From father to son, both will now play in the Premier League and there may yet be more to follow suit.
Erling Haaland’s transfer to Manchester City may just be the deal of the summer window, with Pep Guardiola’s side landing the Norwegian international for a relatively low-priced transfer fee — at least on its face.
At just 21 years of age, with the world at his feet, it feels like City have landed Haaland at just the right time and the forward could be the club’s future for the next decade if the deal works out.
It’s the kind of move that has been greeted with trepidation from Liverpool’s point of view. Haaland’s impact could have a seismic effect on Manchester City and herald a new era of dominance which Liverpool will do their utmost to avoid.
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But it’s not all doom and gloom because Liverpool could just have an advantage to sing the ‘next Erling Haaland’, who just happens to be the Norwegian international’s cousin. Albert Tjaaland is four years younger than Haaland but he is already starting to pave his own way back in their homeland.
Just like Haaland, Tjaaland earned a move from Bryne to Molde after scoring a bucket-load of goals at youth level. Already standing at six foot one, Tjaaland scored 64 in just 37 youth game appearances for Bryne, and he scored seven minutes into his first season team debut for Molde this — it’s all sounding quite familiar.
Possessing the same pale blond hair and a similar face to Erling, the youngster shares a striking resemblance to his cousin, and having made the carbon copy moves to his relative during the early stages of his career, Tjaaland will be hoping to emulate Haaland further in the future.
However, unlike his cousin, Tjaaland might be vying for a different Premier League club. In an interview with Rising Ballers on Instagram back in April, the 18-year-old revealed his favorite club is Liverpool.
“Of course I want to play in the best team in the world, my favorite team is Liverpool so.”
As Liverpool.com reported back in August, Tjaaland has also cited Liverpool as his “biggest goal.”
Liverpool have always had a strong presence in Norway when it comes to scouting players under FSG and Jürgen Klopp. The last player to move from the country was Edvard Tagseth but the Reds’ scouts also kept a close eye on Haaland himself before he made the move to Red Bull Salzburg.
It is entirely possible that they are now tracking his cousin, too, and perhaps this time around Liverpool could be the winners in the race to sign the exciting forward.