Glen Johnson picks Liverpool player who can stop Haaland

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Former Chelsea star Glen Johnson has picked Virgil van Dijk as the Liverpool star who can stop Manchester City’s Erling Haaland during both teams’ Premier League tie.

Man City will on Saturday afternoon host Liverpool in a Premier League clash at Etihad.

Speaking with Squawka, Johnson was asked whether anyone can combat Haaland’s physicality.

The former defender replied: “If anyone can stop Haaland, Van Dijk can. The issue is, with City, it is not just about him and there are goal threats everywhere. Liverpool have to be careful to not just build the whole game plan around Haaland.”

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Halaand finished as the top scorer in the Premier League last season.

Meanwhile, The Galacticos era started at Real Madrid in 2000 when club president Florentino Perez put into practice a plan to attract elite players in order to improve the team’s on-field performance and appeal to a global audience.

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While the emphasis has recently shifted towards developing young prospects, Real Madrid continue to be regarded as Europe’s melting pot of elite players.

Real Madrid are in the market for a Galactico

According to AS, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland have entered Madrid’s crosshairs owing to their improved financial position as they plan for a Galactico signing next summer

A statement signing will likely be in sight, especially after Karim Benzema’s departure to Saudi Arabia. The report details Madrid’s financial strength, with information that indicates a move for a big player is inevitable.

As per the report, Real Madrid possess €128 million euros in cash and €265 million in undrawn credit facilities.

Furthermore, the club has also made room in its wage bill, which allows the club to comply with La Liga’s financial fair play standards.

The Efficiency Ratio, a metric used by the European Club Association (ECA) to assess the financial health of its member clubs, states that a club’s total personnel expenses cannot exceed 70% of its total revenue.

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