After a disappointing Champions League final, Liverpool’s attention now turns to the summer transfer window where Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to limit damages.
That’s because Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are both in danger of leaving Anfield behind.
Just how much Liverpool plan to spend this summer remains to be seen but their coffers will certainly be bolstered if the likes of Mane and Salah do indeed head for the departure lounge.
Moves for the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Jonathan David have been touted by The Athletic’s James Pearce but there is another name on the shortlist at Anfield according to the reputable journalist.
Writing in his latest column, Pearce revealed that the club is interested in Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.
He wrote: “Jude Bellingham is widely admired but there’s an acceptance that it might be tough to land the 18-year-old England international this summer given that Dortmund are already losing Haaland. It would take in excess of £80 million. Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni, 22, has been widely scouted but Liverpool believe he’s destined to join Real Madrid, with PSG also keen.”
Bellingham is the very definition of a wonderkid with the 18-year-old already reaching 12 caps for England and becoming the youngest player to ever appear in a European Championships.
Furthermore, his shirt number has been retired at Birmingham City and he has played 90 times for one of the finest sides in Europe; Borussia Dortmund.
An all-round asset in the middle of the park, his technical ability and reading of the game are second to very few in the modern game despite his tender age.
He is capable in possession while his ability to score and create evokes memories of Paul Pogba who will be leaving Manchester United on a free transfer this summer.
Over the last 365 days, Bellingham ranks in the top 3% in Europe’s top five leagues for dribbles, making 1.87 per 90. By comparison, Pogba ranks in the best 1% among players in the same position with 2.28 dribbles completed per 90.
They also rank similarly when it comes to progressive carries with the Dortmund sensation ranking in the 17% with 5.5 per 90 compared to the outgoing Manchester United midfielder’s 5.79 which puts him in the best 15% across Europe.
When it comes to shot-creating actions, Bellingham comes out on top with 3.16 per 90 (the best 9%) while Pogba registers 2.97 (the top 15%).
Already an elite ball carrier at such a young age, he’d be a phenomenal signing for Liverpool, particularly when you keep in mind their ageing midfield trio of Thiago, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.