As Liverpool canter away to lifting the Premier League title this season, spare a thought for those pained Manchester United fans who are having to watch their arch-rivals open up a staggering 38-point lead on them, whilst they scrap for a measly Champions League spot.
The tides have well and truly turned since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013, with United failing to win the league title, and the Reds arriving this season on the back of being European champions once more.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are the ones now looking to play catch-up, and it’s a position Jurgen Klopp must be ruthless from. Whilst of course there is very little he can do to stop the Red Devils from doing their own thing, he can however have a major say when it comes to important matters like transfers.
And that is why Liverpool must surely consider beating their bitter rivals to the signing of Birmingham prodigy, Jude Bellingham. According to The Daily Star, Klopp’s side have entered the race to sign the 16-year-old – a player who United looked to bring in during the January transfer window.
The report adds that United appeared to be Bellingham’s most likely destination, but Liverpool’s arrival on the scene “now poses a serious threat to their bitter rivals’ ambitions”.
This is a starlet of course compared to a “young Steven Gerrard” by former Red, Jermaine Pennant, and is quite evidently on a rise to the top. He has already made 33 appearances for Birmingham this season, chipping in with four goals and three assists.
“He’s a fantastic player. He reminds me of a young Steven Gerrard. He throws himself about, he can get up and down the pitch, he can score goals and assist goals, he’s got trickery. The Championship is a very, very strong, demanding and physical league, and he’s throwing his body about; he’s strong and he’s only going to get stronger.” Pennant on Bellingham
And having signed the likes of Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg, it’s clear Liverpool are very much intent on signing some promising starlets with an eye to the future.
But clinching the signature of Bellingham wouldn’t simply be just adding yet another precocious talent to their ranks. Instead, it would also be a case of rubbing salt into the wounds of their bitter rivals, who are already perhaps suffering at the sight of seeing their fellow English giants return to the summit of domestic football.
The Reds can press home their recent advantage over their rivals, and inflict yet more misery by beating them to a target who has been on their radar for some months now. A late swoop for Bellingham would be more evidence that the Premier League is well and truly Liverpool’s yard now.