For some reason, Jude Bellingham just seems destined to play for Liverpool.
Maybe it’s the Reds’ Borussia Dortmund links. Perhaps it’s the player’s open adoration for Steven Gerrard. The fact that Bellingham is someone who understands the traditions of football and Liverpool are a club with a history of fielding top-class British midfielders?
Whatever it is, the two just feel like they will fit together perfectly somewhere down the line.
Bellingham has been nothing short of a revelation ever since joining Dortmund from Birmingham City last summer.
The Blues’ youngest ever player became the most expensive 17-year-old in world football when he swapped the Championship for the Bundesliga back in July 2020.
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He was clearly on his way to superstardom when he made his debut in the famously physical Championship at 16-years-old.
Excelling there, in the extremely difficult centre-midfield position, for a full season was unprecedented.
Bellingham then showed that he has the brains to match the talent by choosing the Bundesliga as his next move. He could have chased money elsewhere and stalled his development, but he made the sensible decision.
Again, he was thrown straight in at the deep end. And again, he has excelled.
In fact, he has excelled to the point of earning his England debut at 17-years-old.
17-year-olds simply don’t play regularly in centre-midfield for huge clubs. They don’t travel to major international tournaments.
Well, Jude Bellingham does.
Every piece of evidence out there is pointing towards Jude Bellingham becoming one of the very finest centre-midfielders in world football.
Bellingham to Liverpool makes a lot of sense
Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is nearing 31-years-old.
The inspirational captain is as vital as ever to Jurgen Klopp’s side. But the injuries are totting up and he does not have many years at the top level left in him.
Liverpool need to start looking for someone who can replace both his leadership and footballing ability in the middle of the park.
Bellingham, who Dortmund reportedly value at £100m (Eurosport), would be the ideal man to do it.
The timelines will match up perfectly. Bellingham needs two more seasons of development in Germany. Henderson probably has two more seasons left as a regular starter.
Considering how good he is at 17, Bellingham could potentially be world-class by 19. What he is doing is unheard of – look at where the very best No 8’s in the world were when they were 17 and compare it to the Brummie.
He already has the work rate, defensive nous and physicality that most players do not develop until their mid-20s.
Another reason that Jude Bellingham would be a great signing is the fact that he is homegrown.
English teams need to have a good core of English players in their squad to coincide with Premier League and UEFA rules. The best English teams, like Liverpool, therefore need to snap up the best English players.
If Bellingham can join Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott at Liverpool, the Reds will be set up for the next decade. That quintet possesses not just elite talent, but elite character and mentality too.
Every factor suggests that Bellingham and Liverpool could be a match made in heaven. Let’s hope that the Reds will be able to afford him when the time comes.