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Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino has been sent to Southampton on loan (Peter Byrne/PA)

Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino has been sent to Southampton on loan (Peter Byrne/PA)

Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino has been sent to Southampton on loan (Peter Byrne/PA)

Liverpool missed a huge transfer opportunity when they made their move to sign Japanese striker Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg, as they should have targeted his team-mate Erling Haaland.

That's the view of Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge, who suggests the Anfield club made what he describes as a 'rare' mistake in the transfer market when they signed Minamino in January 2020.

Haaland moved on the same transfer window when he made the switch from Red Bull Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund for €20milllion, with Sunday World columnist Aldridge suggesting they signed the wrong striker.

"We could all see Haaland's potential at Salzburg and for an extra £10milllion, Liverpool could have looked to sign him instead of Minamino," Aldo told us.

"I like Minamino and he has done well since his loan move to Southampton in January, but the player Liverpool needed to sign from Salzburg in that transfer window was clearly Haaland.

"His agent may have been asking for big money, but that was the deal that could have taken Liverpool to the next level as we have all see what Haaland has done since he moved to Dortmund.

"He is big, powerful, direct, fearless and hungry. They are all qualities you want in a striker and there is no one like him in the game at the moment.

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Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is set to face Manchester City next month (Martin Meissner/POOL)

Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is set to face Manchester City next month (Martin Meissner/POOL)

Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is set to face Manchester City next month (Martin Meissner/POOL)

"Haaland would offer Liverpool the kind of attacking option they don't have at the moment and in a season when things have gone against Jurgen Klopp and his team he could have been the striker who could have kept things ticking along.

"If Haaland moves this summer, the fee is bound to be in excess of £100million and that means Liverpool won't have the cash to sign him. It means the decision to sign Minamino and not Haaland is a decision that will come back to haunt Liverpool for years to come."

Haaland set the game alight since moving to Dortmund and has become the fastest player to score 20 goals in the Champions League.

Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for Haaland this summer, with Liverpool likely to be priced out of the market for a striker whose value has soared in the last 14 months.

Read John Aldridge's latest column in this weekend's Sunday World

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