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Liverpool Have Stepped Away From The Pursuit Of This £100M Dortmund Ace: Good Decision From Klopp?

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According to a recent report from Liverpool Echo, the Merseyside club have decided to step away from the pursuit of their long-term target Jude Bellingham. It is understood that Liverpool are compiling a list of alternative targets as they have come to a decision that their summer overhaul is too extensive to pursue the signing of English midfielder Jude Bellingham.

Bellingham’s Impressive Campaign With Dortmund So Far This Season

Bellingham has been showcasing some remarkable stats this season, with his performance being exceptional in the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old has managed to score ten goals and provide five assists in 36 appearances for the German club across various competitions.

Bellingham’s ability to contribute to both ends of the pitch has been commendable, with an average of 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 top division. His possession game has also been impressive, with a passing accuracy of 82.2%, showcasing his ability to work well with his teammates (stats sourced from whoscored).

Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)
DORTMUND, GERMANY – APRIL 08: Jude Bellingham of Dortmund reacts during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Union Berlin at Signal Iduna Park on April 08, 2023, in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Bellingham’s current contract with Signal Iduna Park will come to an end in the summer of 2025, and he made a significant impact for England during the World Cup last year, which helped Dortmund raise his market value to a whopping £100 million.

Good Decision From Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp In Stepping Away From Their Pursuit?

Jurgen Klopp’s current midfield composition is indicative of its previously dominant core. Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, and Thiago have already peaked, while Naby Keita, James Milner, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are approaching the end of their contracts and may soon become free agents in July.

The Anfield club’s plans for the upcoming transfer window have made them reevaluate the feasibility of allocating a substantial amount of their budget towards signing a single player due to their need for multiple midfield additions.

If the Reds were to sign him, they would need to make an irresistible offer to acquire Bellingham’s services at the end of this season, which could take away a significant amount of their budget. Hence, Jurgen Klopp has done well by stepping away from their long-term target in order to pursue their plans of an overhaul.

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