'My mind's blown': Ferdinand thinks Liverpool have made a £50m transfer mistake
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'My mind's blown': Ferdinand thinks Liverpool have made a £50m transfer mistake

Rio Ferdinand thinks Liverpool and other major clubs made a mistake on Jude Bellingham this year. The England midfielder shone on Monday.

Jude Bellingham grabbed headlines on Monday as he scored in England’s World Cup opener against Iran. The 19-year-old was one of the best players on the pitch for his debut in the competition.

That, of course, has people talking about his next transfer. Bellingham is widely expected to leave Borussia Dortmund in 2023 for a massive fee, but Rio Ferdinand believes teams made a mistake in waiting.

Ferdinand loved what he saw from Bellingham on Monday, raving about the player on his Five podcast.

“My mind’s blown, I can’t speak properly when I talk about him because a lot of the time we see the footballer player and we say ‘what a player, blah, blah, blah’,” said Ferdinand. “You’re not sure what’s going to happen off the pitch because they are young, there can be mistakes. There is an element of being naive to certain situations.

“This kid could be captain, in the way he carries himself, now.”

The former Manchester United captain then went on to claim that Bellingham’s price will skyrocket after the World Cup.

“If I was head of recruitment anywhere, I’d have been trying to sign him before this World Cup,” he said. “Just do a deal because it’s going to go up by 30, 40, 50 [million] if he keeps on doing this.”

Liverpool make mistake on Jude Bellingham

Well, Liverpool reportedly did try to ‘do a deal’ with Dortmund in the summer transfer window. Fabrizio Romano claims there were discussions but the Reds ran into a very difficult problem – Dortmund wouldn’t sell.

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Why wouldn’t they sell? Well, we can turn to Romano again for that one with an obvious answer. He tweeted out after England vs Iran that Bellingham’s performance in Qatar was exactly why Dortmund weren’t entertaining offers.

Essentially, Dortmund know full well that the World Cup would skyrocket Bellingham’s price and were counting on it. Any team who wants him must pay an extortionate price, then – and Liverpool may have to do just that.

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