According to a report from Express, Liverpool could lose out on Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund as the Bundesliga midfielder could snub a transfer to Anfield in favour of Manchester United. It is believed that the English youngster is expected to seal a big-money transfer away from Dortmund this summer, as the Reds, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Man United are all in the race to acquire his signature.
Bellingham’s Impressive Numbers For Borussia Dortmund So Far This Season
Bellingham is enjoying an outstanding season at Dortmund as he is putting in several match-winning displays for them in the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old has scored ten goals and picked up five assists over 33 appearances for the German club this season across various competitions.
The Stourbridge-born talent has been exceptional at both ends of the field and deserves credit for averaging 1.9 shots, 1.2 interceptions, 0.9 clearances, 2.6 tackles, 1.1 key passes and 2.7 dribbles per game in the German first division. He has even been tidy when interchanging possession with his teammates after completing 82.2% of his attempted passes in the German top flight (stats via whoscored).
His current contract at Signal Iduna Park expires in the summer of 2025, and he also had a great run with England in the World Cup last year. Hence, any club wishing to sign him will have to make an irrefutable offer if they want to win the race to land Bellingham at the end of this season.
Should Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Look Elsewhere?
Bellingham has a solid presence in the central areas, as he can make some crunching tackles to make life difficult for the opposition. He can also make a few crucial interceptions for his team and doesn’t hesitate to clear the danger when the opposition attackers are on the front foot. The 22-time England international can strike the ball with power and accuracy from a long distance and has got the vision to create some decent plays for his teammates in the final third.
He is an all-rounder who can do a bit of everything on the pitch. Therefore, he wishes to learn from the best and has publicly mentioned that he would want to join a club where he could learn a bit of everything and polish his game even further.
Nonetheless, Jurgen Klopp‘s maturing midfield lineup is a mere reflection of its once-powerful core. Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, and Thiago have already experienced their prime days, while Naby Keita, James Milner, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are gearing up to become free agents in July. We can say that he doesn’t perceive value in joining the Merseyside club at the moment, while the other clubs prove to be offering him a lot more than just the money. Thus, it would make sense if Klopp could revisit other options instead of making Bellingham a priority target this summer.