Liverpool believe they have a key advantage in Bellingham’s race
Liverpool are said to be confident their set-up is capable of rivaling that of their European rivals when it comes to attracting the signing of linked teenager Jude Bellingham.
It comes from a ‘source close to the Reds’ for Caught Offside, with the Anfield-based side said to be considering potential midfield additions to the squad.
It is highly unlikely that such additions to mid-park or otherwise will happen during the winter window – at least not without a serious injury crisis of a similar proportion to that which has plagued the club’s backline this season. last.
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As the stark stalemate with Arsenal perhaps best demonstrated, Jurgen Klopp’s men certainly need a bit more creativity with Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita (currently out of AFCON) unavailable.
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Beyond the Merseysiders backline, there are serious concerns over the future of the midfield and attacking departments, with the former’s average age profile particularly in evidence.
While James Milner’s (36) contract looks set to run its course at the end of the season, the ex-Leeds United star’s exit will undoubtedly help matters.
That being said, with Jordan Henderson (31) and Thiago (30) in the 30-plus zone and a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum yet to be found – not to mention our No.8’s unreliability in terms of concerns injuries – there is a clear case for investing in at least one new option when possible.
Ideally our business will involve bringing in a slightly more experienced chef in addition to Bellingham to ensure the balance between experience and young talent remains to some degree.
Of course, we might be inclined to put a pin in such a level of investment given that the summer will most likely also be about expanding our offensive ranks.
The obvious hurdle when it comes to acquiring a talent of Bellingham’s caliber, however, remains the likely insurmountable asking price that Borussia Dortmund will rightly slap on any of their assets, especially given that his current tenures last another three years after the summer.
It’s unlikely to be a simple affair for us to cross the line – and especially not an expensive one – although with the prospect of getting more than a decade of footballing years on the 18-year-old, it’s is a deal that no doubt will. call.
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