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Liverpool Target Priced At £130m Amid Heavy Competition: Will Klopp Make A Move?

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According to a recent report from Mirror, Liverpool will have to pay in the region of £130 million to acquire Borussia Dortmund midfield ace Jude Bellingham’s signature in the current transfer window. It is understood that the Reds are in desperate need of a midfielder following Cody Gapko’s arrival from PSV Eindhoven, however, the german outfit are asking for a steep price given heavy interest from other European giants including Real Madrid and Manchester City.

Bellingham’s Impressive Form At Dortmund This Season

Bellingham is enjoying a brilliant campaign with the German club after displaying several influential performances in the middle of the park. The England international has proven his worth by scoring nine goals and picking up three assists in 21 appearances for Dortmund this season across all competitions.

The Stourbridge-born talent has been a consistent performer at Signal Iduna park based on his averages of 3.2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, 2.1 shots, 1.0 key passes and 2.0 dribbles per game in the Bundesliga. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution after completing 82.5% of his attempted passes in the top tier of German football (stats via whoscored).

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Will Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Bring Him To Anfield?

Bellingham is a solid tackler of the ball and can make some clever interceptions to secure the ball back for his side at the centre of the park. He has the ability to create some decent opportunities for his teammates in the attacking third and doesn’t hesitate to clear his lines when the opposition are on the front foot. The English sensation can strike the ball with power and accuracy from a distance and can make some dangerous runs down the middle into the opponent’s half.

Bellingham primarily operates as a central midfielder but remains versatile enough to play as a winger on either flank if needed. Hence, his arrival would certainly make an immediate impact at Anfield. The 19-year-old has the potential to become one of the best footballers in the world if he continues to develop his game further over the coming years.

However, the price tag for the English midfielder is a lot more than what Liverpool can offer at the moment. Even though the Merseyside club are willing to pay more than the rest, a hefty asking price of £130 million could see them back out and go for other alternatives. It would be wise of Klopp to negotiate further before deciding to make a move.

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