Liverpool are monitoring the contract situation of Birmingham City teenager Jobe Bellingham.
That’s according to The Mirror, who claim that The Reds are one of the ‘front-runners’ for Jude Bellingham’s brother.
The younger Bellingham brother is yet to agree terms on a contract with his hometown club. If an agreement cannot be reached, the 16-year-old will be free to join another club from next season.
With that in mind, Liverpool have reportedly asked to be kept informed of the situation.
Jobe makes his mark
Although perhaps not as prodigious as his older sibling, Jobe is still going about making his mark for Birmingham.
He has already featured three times for the second-division side, including two games in the notoriously difficult climbs of the Championship.
It hasn’t taken Bellingham long to get to grips with men’s football either. Upon his debut in the division, manager Lee Bowyer claimed that the teenager ‘dominated the ball’ via Birmingham Live.
Jobe is a slightly more attack-minded midfielder than his brother Jude, who has also been heavily linked to Liverpool.
Plans for the future
Despite relentless speculation, Jude has now seemingly confirmed that he’ll be staying put at Borussia Dortmund for now.
If Liverpool are to pursue the 18-year-old England international, the benefits of bringing Bellingham’s brother into the fold are obvious.
Not only that though, Jobe is obviously a good player in his own right. He can play across the midfield and even up-front.
By signing players like Ben Doak, Fabio Carvalho and potentially Calvin Ramsay, Liverpool are collecting a talented bunch of young players from academies around Britain.
If The Reds can pick him up for an arbitrary fee, they can keep building on the next great crop of youngsters for the first-team.