Liverpool are reportedly in contact with 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder and English sensation Jude Bellingham.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Premier League giants Liverpool are interested in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham and are in contact with his entourage regarding a potential move.
The young Englishman is already a regular at the Westfalenstadion and is amongst the best midfield prospects in Europe today. Bellingham’s ability to control the proceedings in midfield and also bomb forward when needed makes him a dynamic addition to any side in modern football, with Liverpool among his prospective suitors.
Jurgen Klopp has turned around the Merseyside giants’ fortunes since taking over the club in 2015. He has won all the major trophies expected of him and is now rebuilding what is an ageing core at Liverpool FC.
The arrivals of Ibrahima Konate, Kostas Tsimikas, Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay have been a breath of fresh air for the defence and the attack. The midfield, however, begs to differ and is in need of attention sooner or later.
Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Thiago Alcantara are key players but are not getting any younger. The same can be said of Fabinho, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita have fallen short of expectations at Liverpool. Curtis Jones has stagnated somewhat leaving Klopp with a job to do in the middle of the park.
In Bellingham, Liverpool could land themselves the right player to plug the gap and develop into their midfield general for the upcoming decade. Few players possess the 19-year-old’s potential, and there is every reason to believe that working with a manager like Klopp will bring out his very best.
The Reds held talks with Borussia Dortmund and the player regarding a transfer a few weeks ago but were rebuffed by the German giants. The 19-year-old English international is considered untouchable this summer, and it remains to be seen if Liverpool can make an offer that will change Dortmund’s mind.
Liverpool, to their credit, do not appear to be fazed by Dortmund’s stance and are seemingly soldiering on. With plenty of time yet to go in this summer’s transfer window, they could yet make a case for themselves. Another alternative would be for Liverpool to approach Dortmund regarding a deal for next summer, a repeat of the trick they pulled to land Keita from RB Leipzig in 2017.
Despite Klopp’s comments on being happy with his midfield options, Liverpool’s failed pursuit of Aurelien Tchouameni from earlier this summer proves otherwise. Having lost out on the Frenchman, they can ill afford to also miss out on Bellingham. The Reds have shown in the past that they are not averse to splashing the cash for quality, and in Bellingham, they can have a player who fits the bill.