Liverpool have recently been linked with German World Cup star Jamal Musiala, who was one of his nation’s few bright sparks following their second successive group stage elimination at the tournament.
The 19-year-old completed a stunning 13 successful dribbles against Costa Rica in Germany’s final match, which ranks him above the likes of Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, and Lionel Messi in most successful dribbles completed during a World Cup match.
The Germany international is going right to the top, and while Liverpool would obviously love to have the youngster in their side, it’s another target who is starring in Qatar that Jurgen Klopp needs to bring to Anfield.
According to the Athletic, this may cost the Merseyside outfit a cool €150m (£129m) such is Borussia Dortmund’s valuation of the 19-year-old, however, judging by his World Cup performances, this is certainly a price worth paying.
Across four games for England, the midfielder has an average WhoScored rating of 7.72/10, ranking him as the best U21 player in the entire tournament. He has also chipped in with a goal and an assist to help Gareth Southgate’s men reach the quarter-finals.
He has completely re-energised the midfield and is comfortable either attacking – creating one big chance and playing 1.3 key passes per match – or helping to protect the back four by making 2.8 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, and winning possession back 1.3 times per game.
This proves just how effective he can be at both ends of the pitch and his signing would totally rejuvenate a stagnant Liverpool midfield which is urgently requiring some dynamism.
Indeed, his World Cup performances have led to praise from a wide variety of figures, with Gary Lineker tweeting: “Goodness me, Bellingham is unbelievably good. He’s the leader in this team. His parents must be so proud. Love him.” He was further dubbed a “superstar” by former England defender Rio Ferdinand.
Receiving praise like this from two legends of the English game will fill Bellingham with confidence – not that he needs it – and can help push England to win their first major international honour since 1966.
Klopp must do all he can to make this move a reality next year, otherwise, it could be one of his biggest regrets as manager of the club. The English talent is simply generational.