Liverpool will pull off the “signing of the century” if they land Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund.
That is the verdict of ex-Premier League striker Noel Whelan as he assessed the latest developments in the Merseysiders’ push for a new midfielder.
Football Insider revealed on Saturday (27 August) that Liverpool are making progress on landing Bellingham following extensive behind-the-scenes talks, although he would not join before January at the earliest.
Manager Jurgen Klopp admitted on Friday he is in the market for a late-window midfielder signing after a U-turn prompted by his team’s wretched start to the new season.
That player is not expected to be Bellingham, even though Liverpool have made the capture of the England star a medium-term priority and have been laying the groundwork for a deal for some time.
The latest from our sources, after Saturday’s 9-0 pummelling of Bournemouth, is that Liverpool are working on landing a proven midfielder and hope to get a deal over the line in the coming days.
Whelan is in no doubt about the calibre of Bellingham, or of what he would bring to Jurgen Klopp’s team.
“You’re talking about an outstanding, once-in-a-generation midfielder who can do everything and is destined for the absolute top,” he told Football Insider.
“He has been learning his trade at Dortmund, a huge club, over the last few seasons and is their best player now Erling Haaland has gone.
“He’s already played 100 times for them and he’s only just turned 19, which is incredible. He’s running matches, winning matches with goals and assists, and is gathering brilliant top-level experience.
“It’s clear Liverpool need a midfielder who can replace Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Thiago [Alcantara], who have all been great players for them.
“Bellingham fits the bill perfectly. He is getting to a level where he would walk into pretty much any team in the world, that’s how good he is.
“If Liverpool can get him for less than £100million, that’s the signing of the century as far as I’m concerned”.