'None of them': Ferdinand amazed as 'fabulous' reported Liverpool target achieves what his teammates couldn't
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'None of them': Ferdinand amazed as 'fabulous' reported Liverpool target achieves what his teammates couldn't

Jude Bellingham delivered for England on his World Cup debut against Iran. Rio Ferdinand has something to say about the Liverpool target.

Jude Bellingham started for England as they got their World Cup campaign underway against Iran on Monday. Not only that but the midfielder scored the opener on 35 minutes.

It was a massive moment for Bellingham on his debut in the competition. One that had Rio Ferdinand singing his praises after the final whistle.

“The authority that he plays with on the pitch goes well beyond his years,” he told the BBC. “He’s a fabulous footballer but delivering at a World Cup like that at that age.

“We talk about the great midfielders that we’ve played with and seen in England in our generation. None of them were doing what he’s doing at this age, on this stage.

“I’m not saying he’s better or going to be as good as all of them but at this age none of them were doing what he was doing and it’s just fabulous to see.”

Jude Bellingham on his World Cup debut

Ferdinand is absolutely right, of course. Bellingham isn’t just shining for England and playing a key role – he’s doing it at 19. There’s a feeling that he’s completely established in the setup and that’s remarkable for any teenager.

For the heights that Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard went on to reach, they didn’t manage it this early. It’s truly incredible from Bellingham.

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And seeing him deliver on the big stage like this will only increase the interest in him. Liverpool may even see that as bad news – they reportedly want him, per Sport Bild. Competition is fierce, however, with his World Cup performances likely defining the price Borussia Dortmund set.

Still, Liverpool are desperate to sign Bellingham because he’s such a rare talent. His performance on World Cup debut – at 19 – only shows that further.

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