Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has given an update on Liverpool’s pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham.
Romano claimed in a recent interview with a German media outlet (via Rousing The Kop):
“I think Jude Bellingham will stay at Borussia Dortmund this summer. I really have no doubts about that. Dortmund are convinced the player will stay and he is ready to stay. I see no problems between the two parties.
“But I’m sure Liverpool will get in the running for Jude Bellingham next summer. Let’s wait and see what Borussia Dortmund plans for next summer. But Liverpool will be in the running for him.”
There is no doubt that Liverpool supporters will be excited at the prospect of finally signing Jude Bellingham next summer, especially since he has been linked with a move to Anfield for almost a year.
Adding a younger, fresh perspective to the midfield three was something that was reported as a priority for Jurgen Klopp this summer but, after the signing of Aurelien Tchouameni fell through, it is clear that the German manager is happy to wait until next year to snatch Bellingham from his former club.
The 18-year-old wonderkid has been impressing the world of football ever since he was playing in the Championship with Birmingham City but his star has continued to shine even brighter after his move to the Bundesliga back in 2020.
Bellingham has scored 10 goals and delivered 18 assists in 89 appearances from his central midfield role at Dortmund, but it’s not just his goal contributions that have captured the attention of the Merseyside giants.
This season in the Bundesliga he has created 10 big chances, made 1.3 key passes, 1.6 tackles and 1.3 interceptions on average per game, winning the majority of his duels combined (51%) and successful in completing the majority of his dribble attempts (57%), proving that he is an absolute nuisance for his opponents.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is a massive fan of his England team-mate and fellow midfielder, claiming “the sky is the limit” for the youngster in an interview with Sport Bible (via Liverpool Echo):
“He’s a great lad, a fantastic player and I’m sure he’ll go from strength to strength as he gets older and matures. When I watch him, he plays with such maturity even now. The sky is the limit for him really.”
With that being said, the signing of Bellingham would not only clearly be welcomed by the Reds captain but would be a great piece of business for Liverpool as they plan for the future of the team at Anfield.