Young English sensation Jude Bellingham has been labelled as a target for Liverpool for a while now, and it is understandable why.
After coming through the ranks at Birmingham City and making appearances in the tough, competitive and unforgiving league that is the Championship, the young midfielder has shown plenty of grit, along with bottomless talent in his time in the limelight.
His £25 million record sale for the Blues saw him depart for the Bundesliga, where his time to prove himself was made very clear by fans, and the media.
England’s two biggest clubs have both made the teenage ace a priority for the summer and two weeks ago, Caught Offside reported that Liverpool are aiming for an ‘ambitious’ swoop for the Borussia Dortmund star.
Jude has not come to disappoint. This season alone, the 18-year-old has contributed to 9 goals in 18 games in the league, and 4 contributions in 6 appearances in Europe.
With 119 current professional appearances, at just 18 years old, the youngster is as seasoned as they come.
Why does he fit Klopp’s philosophy?
Bellingham shows true traits of a traditional number 8 midfielder in his play style. He has the ability to put in hard, ball-winning challenges, but also shows complete composure when in tight, difficult situations.
His ability to win the ball deep and travel, pick a long or short pass, provide assists and even finish chances himself have shown why he is a generational talent already.
His role in Klopp’s side would be more than fitting. He looks more to fit the left- or right-hand side midfielder Klopp has implanted at his time at Anfield, giving Bellingham a licence to travel, pass, shoot, find gaps and work hard for the side.
Allowing Bellingham to play that box-to-box role will bring out the best in him, as forcing him to sit deep may limit his potential on the ball, especially with his ability to gain yards into the opposing half.
Jude has shown agreement with Klopp publicly before, as when Klopp commented on the booster jab being important for the players and staff at the club.
Klopp: "Whole vaccination thing is a question of loyalty, solidarity and togetherness. Everyone working at the training ground is at least double vaccinated and will get the booster as soon as possible."
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) December 15, 2021
Bellingham came out just days later, relaying a very similar message.
Jude Bellingham says he has had both Covid-19 vaccinations plus his booster – and has encouraged other footballers to do the same.
But the England midfielder says it remains a "personal choice."#bbcfootball
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 20, 2021
Bellingham has also been backed by Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.
He has publicly come out and expressed his desire for the club to sign the youngster.
Jude Bellingham & the summer window is fine for me! https://t.co/nwCZjtXge0
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 8, 2022
Carra also backed Jude in his selection of England’s national squad at the Euro’s:
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 6, 2021
Liverpool would have to look to break a hefty £80-£100 million price tag, but with the future at his feet, he has every chance of proving why he is worth that price.
Although, Bild reckon it will cost £100million this year for Liverpool or the like to prise the Englishman away from BVB.