Erling Haaland took his Bundesliga tally to 12 goals in 10 appearances this season as Borussia Dortmund beat RB Leipzig 3-1. - © Boris Streubel/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
Erling Haaland took his Bundesliga tally to 12 goals in 10 appearances this season as Borussia Dortmund beat RB Leipzig 3-1. - © Boris Streubel/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
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Jürgen Klinsmann hails "special" Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland was back to his best as Borussia Dortmund saw off RB Leipzig on Matchday 15 and the Norwegian’s impressive performance caught the eye of a former Bundesliga great who knows a thing or two about scoring goals himself; Jürgen Klinsmann.

Haaland’s brace in the 3-1 win at the Red Bull Arena were his first Bundesliga goals since Matchday 8, having returned from injury in the 2-0 win over Wolfsburg the previous week.

They not only took the 20-year-old to 12 goals from just 10 top-flight appearances this season, but also prevented Leipzig from going top, while moving BVB within three points of their hosts in second-place and five of Bayern Munich in top spot.

Watch: Haaland hits double in 3-1 win over Leipzig

It repeated Haaland’s two-goal heroics in the same fixture last year and Klinsmann - who lifted the Meisterschale as a player with Bayern and scored 110 Bundesliga goals himself - was left purring by the young Dortmund striker’s match-winning display.

“Haaland left his mark on this game. He not only scored two beautiful goals, but actually fought alone against the entire defensive line of Leipzig. That was very, very impressive," Klinsmann, who also coached Bayern, USA and, most recently, Hertha Berlin, told ESPN.

"It seems like month to month he’s getting stronger and he becomes more of a man. He’s maturing and he’s a very special player."

A year on from making the move to Dortmund, Haaland has been nothing short of a revelation in Black and Yellow - scoring 25 times in 25 Bundesliga matches and 35 in 34 appearances for the club in all competitions.

That kind of goalscoring return certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed and Klinsmann - a FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship winner with Germany - believes Haaland should ignore the added attention his remarkable exploits bring with them, convinced that Dortmund is the perfect place to continue his stratospheric development.

"There’s hope in Dortmund to win trophies, they’re a very ambitious club, it’s a big club," said Klinsmann. “He’s comfortable there, and he has a blind understanding with [Gio] Reyna, [Jadon] Sancho and especially Marco Reus.”