Erling Haaland says following Liverpool stars’ transfer path was "perfect move"

Erling Haaland has hailed the impact that Red Bull Salzburg have had on his career, claiming that the Austrian side provide the "perfect" environment for a player.

Liverpool trio Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino have all passed through the doors of the Austrian Bundesliga club, with Minamino joining Haaland in leaving them for pastures new this January.

But whereas the Japanese international opted to make the move to the Premier League to link up with two other ex-Salzburg players, Haaland went to the Bundesliga to star for Borussia Dortmund.

The move has paid dividend for both parties, with Haaland so far scoring 12 goals in 11 games prior to the suspension of football last month.

And he says he wouldn't be where he is now if it wasn't for his previous transfer to Salzburg from Norwegian club Molde in January 2019.

“It was a perfect move,” he told FourFourTwo magazine.

“In the first half of the year I trained a lot and didn’t play much, but then the summer arrived and I just didn’t look back. There was a new manager who helped me a lot: Jesse Marsch was fantastic to me.”

Haaland was especially prolific at Salzburg, scoring 29 goals in 27 games in all competitions prior to his move to Dortmund in January this year.

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