Liverpool are looking to upgrade their midfield after struggling throughout the first half of the Premier League season. They are reportedly close to signing England star midfielder Jude Bellingham after the Borussia Dortmund man impressed many in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Bellingham is OKBet’s runaway winner of the World Cup’s Young Player award. The Three Lions’ latest star midfielder made his intentions about joining the Reds known. Some pundits—and plenty of Liverpool fans—hope the transfer happens sooner rather than later.
The Liverpool Echo’s Sean Bradbury reports that the English wonderkid won’t likely leave the BVB in the middle of the Bundesliga season. He also revealed that Bellingham’s 2023 summer sale would cost the Reds €100 million – €150 million.
Bellingham and his father allegedly made it clear to Dortmund that he wants to be allowed to join the Reds. With first-team head coach Jurgen Klopp and the rest of the Liverpool lineup clamoring for his purchase, the team will likely pull all the stops to meet the price tag and get their man.
Bellingham has been a revelation for the BVB and the Three Lions. His scoring and passing numbers per 90 showcases a maturity in his game that betrays his age. His interception and blocking numbers also prove his effectiveness as a defensive midfielder.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s midfield room leaves a lot to be desired. Thiago and Roberto Firmino are the only midfielders performing well for the Reds this season. Jordan Henderson, the former Birmingham man’s England teammate, is struggling with a 6.52 player rating across 12 appearances this season.
Should the Reds sign Jude Bellingham in the summer, they will acquire one of the most exciting talents in world football. Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund will be millions richer after selling Bellingham and Erling Haaland over the past two years.
Liverpool Owners Change Stance Over Sale
Another resounding story surrounding Liverpool FC was Fenway Sports Group deciding to sell the club. New reports emerged that the club’s ownership group is now looking for another party to become a new partner in driving Liverpool forward.
Reports reveal that the parties with a majority stake in the club are looking for another party to help with the club’s operation costs. While a complete sale is still on the table, the mood around the club’s inner circle points more towards a partial sale of the club. RedBird Capital Partners, FSG’s current partner in the club’s ownership, also prefer getting a third partner to run the club.
With a big name like Bellingham destined for Anfield, it’s the right call for the club owners to stay put.