Steven Gerrard has claimed that Jude Bellingham will be weighing up a move to Liverpool despite their poor season.
The Reds drew 0-0 with Chelsea today, leaving them eighth in the table. Prior to the game, Gerrard spoke at length to BT Sport about his old club’s current problems in midfield.
Asked who he sees as being the right player to help solve those problems, the Liverpool icon named Bellingham. Then put to him that the Reds’ disappointing form will dissuade the 19-year-old from joining, Gerrard was dismissive.
“I’m sure Jude’s bright enough to say ‘hang on a minute, there’s a stand going up here, this is going to be a 60,000 stadium, they’ve got one of the best five manager’s in the world, they’ve won the Premier League of late, they’ve been in Champions League finals, they play very well here [at Anfield], they’ve got some fabulous players, they develop players here.’
“It ticks an awful lot of boxes, but Liverpool right now are in the middle of the league.”
There’s no doubt that the Reds’ dismal campaign could complicate matters when it comes to Bellingham. But hopefully the Borussia Dortmund man can see that in the long term, he could be a perfect fit at Liverpool.
Liverpool look to play Bellingham trump card
It was great to hear Stevie’s views on Bellingham before Liverpool took on Chelsea today. As a true Reds legend, his thoughts are always welcome.
More than that though, Gerrard could turn out to be crucial to any move for the England star. There have been suggestions that Liverpool will offer Bellingham the chance to be ‘the next Stevie G’
As the teenager is on-record as being a huge fan of the former Anfield captain, this could be a trump card for them to play. Asked for his thoughts on these reports, Gerrard said he was more than happy to help his old club land their top target.
“All he needs to do is just send his diary to me. When hes’ got a free day I’ll fly to Dortmund personally, I’ll take him out for a nice dinner and we’ll talk about it,” smiled the 43-year-old.
It was clearly a joke from Gerrard, but there’s no reason Liverpool shouldn’t be looking to do just that.
Brendan Rodgers was known to enlist Stevie’s help in convincing new signings to join during his later years at Anfield. He’s well-versed in what it takes to sell the club to a prospective signing. As he points out, Liverpool now sells itself better than ever before. Get those tickets booked, Ste!