With Liverpool in need of a centre-midfielder, we here at RTK believe that they should bide their time until they can sign Jude Bellingham.
Gini Wijnaldum has left to join PSG. Many feel that he needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
And with good reason. The Dutchman was the club’s most-used midfielder last season due to his impeccable reliability.
With other injuries leading to a lack of numbers in the position, Wijnaldum had to play an awful lot of minutes.
So, considering how injury-prone Liverpool’s other midfielders are, it would almost be incompetent of the Reds to not sign a replacement.
Numerous names have been linked. Yves Bissouma, Florian Neuhaus, Saul, Renato Sanches… the list goes on and on.
All of these are top players with the potential to become world-class at Anfield.
However, there is one other player around that is absolutely perfect for the club.
Unfortunately, though, Jude Bellingham is not available this summer. Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Borussia Dortmund consider him “untouchable”.
Yet that could change next summer.
So, can Liverpool afford to wait until then to sign a midfielder?
Bellingham is the perfect fit for Liverpool – he is worth the wait
Every time we see him, we can see Steven Gerrard but with a lot more maturity than the Scouser had at the same age.
He is homegrown, mature and a huge fan of both Gerrard and Jordan Henderson. Yet most importantly, he is unbelievable on the pitch and is guaranteed to be a world-class player for the next 10-15 years.
The other midfielders linked are excellent, but they are not quite Bellingham.
For example, we think that Renato Sanches could be excellent for Liverpool for five years. But we think that Bellingham could have a 10-year career on Merseyside and go down as an all-time great.
So, the question Liverpool must ask themselves is do they need a midfielder badly enough for 2020/21, or can they wait a year to get their hands on the perfect solution?
For us, it all depends on fitness.
Can Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stay fit? Can Jordan Henderson and Thiago last the course of the season now that they are both in their thirties?
If the answer is yes, then we would absolutely wait for Bellingham. Surely there cannot be another injury crisis like last season.
With those four, Curtis Jones and James Milner as No 8 options, Liverpool should be just fine.
The issue is it is impossible to know whether they can all stay fit.
But even if they can’t, we think that Bellingham would be worth it.
Liverpool could always adapt and play a double pivot if the absolute worst happened. Perhaps Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harvey Elliott can deputise.
Now, this idea can go in the bin if Bellingham is not brought in. The only way that we would accept not signing a midfielder this summer would be if he is signed next year.
Let’s see if the transfer committee are of the same line of thinking.