Liverpool can afford to wait for Jude Bellingham after chief exposes interest
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Liverpool can afford to wait for Jude Bellingham after chief exposes interest

Liverpool have an interest in Jude Bellingham, according to Borussia Dortmund. The Reds can have their way here.

There doesn’t appear to be any great secret that Liverpool want Jude Bellingham. In fact, Bild recently claimed that Jurgen Klopp had a great wish to sign the player.

As we pointed out, though, that wish doesn’t come cheap. Borussia Dortmund would want a huge fee for one of Europe’s most promising young players and Liverpool would likely break their transfer record to get him.

But that was just rumour – a transfer report, the likes of which we see over and over again all year round. Wednesday saw something different.

Sebastian Kehl, a sporting director at Dortmund, confirmed Liverpool’s interest to Sport1. He doesn’t plan on selling Bellingham anytime soon, however.

“He is a Borussia Dortmund player and remains a Borussia Dortmund player,” said Kehl. “There’s a lot of interest around Jude Bellingham, not only Liverpool.

“But there is no bottom line and no exit clause. He is loved, he enjoys that.

“There are no signs he could leave Dortmund soon.”

Liverpool have Bellingham interest

It’s hardly a shock that Liverpool want Bellingham but you rarely see interest outright exposed like this. We can understand if Dortmund are a little sick of clubs pushing for their players, though.

As for Liverpool’s side of it, we’re not sure Dortmund’s reluctance to sell right now hinders them. Assuming that the Germans will eventually sell down the line, that is.

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Because Liverpool would want Bellingham as a replacement, really. They wouldn’t spend £100m+ on a squad player – he’d be a first-team star.

That means stepping into Jordan Henderson or Thiago’s boots and starting every week. He’d be the main man in midfield, with Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott playing alongside him long-term.

But that doesn’t need to happen in 2022. It might not happen in 2023. Liverpool just need to move into their next generation at the right moment, whenever that comes.

We’re still happy to back Henderson, in particular, as a first-choice player for at least another year after this. There’s no rush to sign Bellingham, then – and that appears to suit both Liverpool and Dortmund.

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