Is Jude Bellingham worth £80m? Liverpool have a year or two to figure that out. Two current wonderkids will ultimately decide for them, however.
Reports in recent days claimed Liverpool had a bid worth £80m ready for Jude Bellingham. The Reds want him this summer, apparently.
Well, Sport1 journalist Patrick Berger supports those claims. He says Liverpool really do want Bellingham in 2022 – though, Borussia Dortmund don’t wish to sell.
And that does make sense. Perhaps Erling Haaland is off in 2022 and Bellingham won’t be available until 2023. Either way, though, we imagine Liverpool are interested.
That gives them some time to decide exactly what Bellingham is worth to them. The player himself is almost certainly worth that £80m but to Liverpool? It’s not so clear.
Two current talents on their books should ultimately make that decision for them.
What is Jude Bellingham worth?
Bellingham is a fantastic young midfielder and one who appears destined for big things. In fact, that might be an understatement – he looks like a sensational talent.
But how will that fit into Liverpool’s midfield in a few years’ time? Because as things stand, the Reds already have two wonderful young midfielders who do similar things to Bellingham.
Curtis Jones is one. While he hasn’t made the England squad as Bellingham has, the Scouser still looked like a star-in-the-making last season. Metrics peg him as, potentially, a truly elite midfielder.
Then there’s Harvey Elliott, of course. Jurgen Klopp believes ‘the football world’ should be excited about the 18-year-old – not just Liverpool. Early impressions this season back him up on that.
If both Jones and Elliott kick on over the next year or two, they’ll cement themselves as Liverpool’s future in midfield. We’d back them to do that, too. The question then becomes ‘can those two play with Bellingham?’.
That would be a remarkably attacking midfield but it’s not impossible to make work. We can’t think of another system like that which brought great success, though.
Bellingham may be better than both in such a situation, too, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right area on which to spend £80m. Not if you already have two fantastic young talents there.
But if either Jones or Elliott slipped up in their development, the door would firmly open for Bellingham. That’s certainly a good way to pile pressure on two talented kids.
The next year or two should be interesting, then. We’d love to see Bellingham at Liverpool – it’s just a matter of it making sense. We can’t wait to find out.