BBC pundit Alan Shearer has now tipped Liverpool to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham.
Speaking ahead of England’s 6-2 World Cup opener against Iran on the BBC, the Premier League legend said he expects the 19-year-old to move on to one of the biggest clubs in European football.
“It’s only a matter of time before he goes on to a huge football club like Real Madrid or Liverpool,” Shearer said.
“That’s the talent you are talking about.”
This comes amid strong speculation of an Anfield switch.
According to ESPN, the Reds are the favourites to secure the starlet’s signature. They lead the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Madrid, who are all in the race.
Shearer tips Liverpool to sign Bellingham
Opening the scoring for England, all eyes will continue to be on Bellingham as he impresses in Gareth Southgate’s best XI.
With such coverage around the proposed Liverpool move, Anfield fans will be more than familiar with the 19-year-old’s work.
To simply put it; he plays like Steven Gerrard.
Starting out from the back, his defensive attributes are incredibly strong. He is forceful in the tackle, and he is always alert to his positioning, with a clever read of the game. He can also head the ball, with immense physicality in the air.
His composure on the ball is extremely mature, allowing him to pass out of difficult situations in the defensive third. When it comes to passing, Bellingham is able to play short or long. He can pick out diagonal switches which bypass the majority of the opposition, or he can play quick two-touch football like a prime Xavi and Iniesta would.
Dribbling at speed, he is able to weave in and out between defenders, with his long stride making it difficult for others to win possession.
Bellingham is also a fantastic striker of the ball. Showing parallels to Gerrard outside the box, his looping headed goal against Iran also looked tantalisingly similar to the legend’s opening bullet against AC Milan in Istanbul.
With such comparisons being made, it only feels right to see Liverpool as Bellingham’s next club. Dubbed a ‘sensational player’ by The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke, he would sure be a fan-favourite at Anfield.