'Very good player': Sven-Goran Eriksson is a massive fan of player who Liverpool are reportedly trying to sign
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'Very good player': Sven-Goran Eriksson is a massive fan of player who Liverpool are reportedly trying to sign

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has praised reported Liverpool target Jude Bellingham.

Eriksson, who managed England from 2001-2006, was previewing his former team’s chances at the upcoming World Cup for The Mirror. And it’s apparent that the Swede has his eye on the same player that Liverpool do.

“I don’t know but I guess the goalkeeper will be Pickford I suppose. I’m not sure if they’ll play three central defenders or not. I guess Dier is one, Stones is one, Walker is one. Then, wing-backs, I don’t know. Maguire, I don’t know if he’s going to play or not but I think Dier, Stones and Walker if they play a three. It’s strong. Then Kane will play, then you tell me. Who’s going to play together with him?” he queried.

“Is it Foden, is it Rashford, Sterling, Saka, I don’t know. Then you have the midfield. You have Bellingham, maybe, maybe not. I like him, he’s a very good player. Phillips is good, Henderson good, Mount.

“Probably, there will be three. I think they have some training sessions, very few. And I’m sure that Southgate and his scouts saw all the games from England players last weekend, who is in good shape.”

Liverpool fans watching Bellingham like a hawk

With Liverpool’s two player’s unlikely to be key to Gareth Southgate in Qatar, Liverpool fans will be watching Bellingham avidly.

Just like Trent Alexander-Arnold, it has taken the 19-year-old some time to convince Southgate of his quality.

But having started the season like a train, Bellingham surely has to be part of England’s starting XI. In any other team, you’d have to expect that the Borussia Dortmund man would be nailed on to start.

Then again, though, the same could be said of Trent. Southgate’s indecision over fielding these generational talents is mind-boggling as it is frustrating.

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Still, perhaps Bellingham spending some time on the bench would be no bad thing for Liverpool.

If he plays, his stock is likely to rise ever higher. As the Reds prepare to enter a potential bidding war for him, that’s the last thing they need.

By contrast, a quiet, group-stage exit without any significant involvement may be exactly what Liverpool are hoping for.

For a player with Bellingham’s immense gifts, that seems like being a long shot.

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