Liverpool’s defence of the Premier League title looks all but over after another defeat at the weekend.

That loss to Everton, combined with Manchester City’s sparkling form means the trophy is almost certain to head back to the Etihad Stadium

In the Daily Mail, BBC pundit and former Reds striker Peter Crouch has identified a signing he feels could determine the destination of next season’s title.

He feels that if Erling Haaland moves to Anfield, Jurgen Klopp’s side will get the trophy back.

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“I can’t get enough of this fella,” Crouch said of Haaland. “What a player we are watching. He’s 20 and he is running over the top of grown men.

“He is so physically strong, he’s got such exhilarating pace and can score with either foot or his head. He is the player I want to see more than anyone in the Premier League.

 

“To give you an idea of how highly I rate him, I will put it in these terms: if Manchester City buy him, they win the title next year. If Liverpool buy him, they win the title. If Manchester United buy him, they’ll be right there.

“My worry would be that if he ended up going to City, then everyone else would need to give up. He’s an incredible player and if you added him to a team that is already close to being the best in Europe, that would be it.”

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Liverpool and City were both credited with an interest in Haaland by Eurosport in November last year.

It remains to be seen whether, in the current financial climate, any top club has the money to buy him in the summer – and Liverpool were notoriously frugal in January.

City need a striker with Sergio Aguero’s influence on the wane and Haaland is the hottest one out there right now.

But Liverpool could also use a new forward to freshen up their options and landing Haaland would be a real statement of intent to the rest of the league.

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