Liverpool have held a long-term interest in Jude Bellingham and have been continuously linked with a move for the player this summer, but now a new update has emerged on the club’s pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund star.
As per the report, the club are targeting the talented player in order to add youth to the midfield options in the squad and Bellingham possesses all the qualities that Klopp likes in a midfielder.
Liverpool have started their pre-season by adding three new players to their ranks so far, and it remains to be seen if they will add another recruit before they return to action next month in the Premier League, but adding new midfielders to the centre of the pitch is reportedly a top priority for the club.
Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson and James Milner are all well into their 30’s at this point, and despite the trio still capable of performing at the highest level, Klopp will surely be wanting to freshen up his midfield for the future in the same way the addition of Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho has freshened up the forward line.
Bellingham is one of the hottest young prospects in the world right now following his performances for Borussia Dortmund over the last few seasons, attracting interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid alongside the Merseyside giants according to James Pearce.
The 19-year-old gem was hailed “phenomenal” by Gareth Southgate, after the England manager praised the star for his contributions in the England team, and will surely be included in the Three Lions’ upcoming World Cup squad in Qatar at the end of this year.
It was reported that Dortmund have now slapped a £103m price tag on the £72m-rated gem, but are not willing to part ways with the player during this transfer window due to the departure of Erling Haaland.
There is no doubt that Bellingham would be a huge upgrade on Liverpool’s current midfielder Naby Keita, and the club could save a lot of money by not further extending the 27-year-old’s current contract that expires in June 2023, instead investing the money into the signing of the former Birmingham City wonderkid.
When you compare the pair’s output (via SofaScore) in both attacking and defensive play in their respective roles in their leagues last season, it is clear to see that Bellingham offers more especially in availability and creativity for the forwards, registering 1.3 key passes a game to Keita’s 0.7 per match.
With that being said, if FSG can complete the deal for Bellingham next summer it would be a huge coup for Liverpool over their competitors, as the young midfielder would provide unbelievable talent in the heart of the team for many years to come.