According to Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool will have to battle with a number of European giants in order to land the signature of star midfielder Jude Bellingham next summer.
The Reds have not started the season in the usual fine form we have become accustomed to under Jurgen Klopp, as they currently sit seventh in the Premier League table with just two wins from their first six games.
Injuries have been a big reason for this poor start, especially in the midfield. At the time of writing, they are without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones in this area.
As a result of these injuries, the club were linked with a move for a midfielder during the transfer window, and while they eventually landed Arthur Melo on loan, they still need to find a permanent solution to the problem.
Romano believes this could be Bellingham, as they have been linked with the player previously, but he insists they are going to be a part of a ‘crazy race’ to bring him in with other elite football clubs.
The journalist told the Que Golazo podcast: “I was speaking to some of my sources a few weeks ago, and they told me ‘get ready’, because it will be the same as happening with Haaland, will be the same with Jude Bellingham. So with Haaland, we had Bayern involved, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City – many clubs trying to approach Erling Haaland, his father, his agents – and I think is going to be exactly the same with Bellingham.
“So, Liverpool will be there. But there will be also other important clubs around Europe – from Spain, from England, maybe from Germany, let’s see what Bayern will decide to do. So, it’s going to be a really crazy race. It will be up to the player.
“At the moment, he’s really professional, super professional. He wants to do his best for Borussia Dortmund, but I’m sure the next summer [this] will be one of the main topics for us to discuss here.”
TIF Thoughts on Bellingham to Liverpool…
It is no secret Liverpool need to bolster their midfield options as they are still running out 37-year-old James Milner this season amid their injury issues. Bellingham would be a great solution to their problem as he has shone during his time at Borussia Dortmund.
According to Fbref, the 19-year-old currently ranks in the 97th percentile for assists, in the 96th for progressive passes received and in the 91st for shot-creating actions, compared to other midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues over the past year.
Bellingham could end up costing the team hundreds of millions to bring in, but when looking at his ability and the fact he is at this level at just 19, we feel they would be making a huge mistake if they did not go and get him.
The Reds may have to fight off the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City for his signature, but if Liverpool can get back to where they were just a couple of seasons ago, there is no reason why he would not want to join.
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