Erling Haaland could be the greatest player in the Premier League, says Jamie Carragher | Football news

Summer signing Erling Haaland has the makings of the greatest player the Premier League has ever seen, says Jamie Carragher.

Haaland hit the ground running at Manchester City, becoming the first player in the Premier League era to score nine times in his first five games, with hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest raising the prospect of an ominous late-season goalscoring haul.

The Norwegian arrived in England with a reputation as one of the hottest properties around and he has lived up to the label, with Carragher believing the Premier League is witnessing something special.

Asked to name which club had the best window and signing in the summer, Carragher said Sky Sports News: “Manchester City had a really good window. They lost a lot of attacking players, but bringing in people like (Julian) Alvarez, who already looks like a real quality player, and Haaland looks just amazing.

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“I’m doing the City game on Saturday at Aston Villa [live on Sky Sports] and I’m excited to watch him live, commentate for the first time and really see him well off the ball as well.

“We know we have a great player in the league but I think we have something really special that when he finishes his time at Manchester City or the Premier League we will talk about him together with Thierry Henry.

“This boy could be the best player we see in the Premier League. He’s had a brilliant start so I’m really excited to see him at the weekend.”

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Five games into the Premier League season and Haaland has already added a different dimension to Manchester City, spearheading their hopes of celebrating a fifth Premier League title in six years. In contrast, rivals Liverpool have yet to reach the heights that saw them push City within a point of the title last season.

City have also eclipsed Liverpool’s performance in the transfer market, bringing in Haaland, Alvarez, Calvin Phillips, Manuel Akanji, Sergio Gomes and Stefan Ortega this summer, with the Merseyside club only able to spend big to sign Darwin Nunes from Benfica.

Cara: A major shake-up in Liverpool’s midfield

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Jamie Carragher believes the next 12 months will be important for Liverpool.

The arrival of Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus on Deadline Day brought much-needed cover to Liverpool’s midfield, but for Carragher it is an area that continues to cry out for further reinforcement.

“I don’t think Arthur is the answer to what Liverpool will need in the next three or four years; they need a younger, more energetic kind of player,” he said. “But I think Arthur is here just to fill a place, that’s why Liverpool bought him late and on loan.

“It smacks a bit of what Liverpool did 18 months ago when they had a lot of injured centre-backs and they didn’t buy anyone, they took players on loan to see them through. Liverpool did not buy these players and went on to sign Ibrahima Konate in the summer.

“The real midfielder they want is not available at the moment, so I think bringing in someone on loan is sensible.”

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Asked if Jurgen Klopp had been supported enough this summer, Carragher continued: “You can look at the money other clubs have spent and sometimes it disappoints Liverpool supporters.

“All fans are the same, we’re all excited about a transfer, but there’s no point in signing players you don’t need. Liverpool needed a striker and spent big on a striker. Liverpool needed a midfielder but the player they wanted was not available.

“The question is, should they have picked someone else? Yes, there’s an argument to be made that next season – with age and injuries – they’ll need more than one linebacker. This is the only area where you can question Liverpool.

“Yes, they are not panicking, but they may be in the market for two or three midfielders – could they bring one of them in now? The midfielders will be the biggest shake-up in the next 12 months for Liverpool. “

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