Jurgen Klopp reveals that Liverpool withdrew from the race to sign Jude Bellingham because they cannot afford to sign him.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder, Jude Bellingham, was understood to have been Liverpool’s number one target for the summer transfer window. His expected price tag was over £100million. Additionally, there was competition from Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United whichi prompted the Reds to look elsewhere.
At the end of the season, Liverpool will have to undergo a huge rebuild with midfield an area of particular importance.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and James Milner are all set to leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of June. Unfortunately, the much awaited Bellingham will not arrive as an eye-catching replacement.
When asked about Bellingham’s sudden drop, Klopp replied, “there’s nothing to say about it to be honest”.
“If we don’t speak about players we sign or not sign, why would I speak about this kind of speculation and news? I have nothing to say about it”.
“It has always been like this. It’s never changed. My answer now is not about Jude Bellingham. I never understood why we constantly talk about things we theoritically cannot have. We cannot have six players in the suffer for £100m [each], for example. That’s clear”.
“You have to realise what you can do and then you have to work with that. How much money do we have available? Then we work with that. That’s the job you have to do”
“We are not children. You ask a five-year-old what they want for Christmas and they tell you, ‘I want a Ferrari.’ You wouldn’t say ‘That’s a good idea’. You would say, ‘No, it’s too expensive and you cannot drive it.’ And that’s how it is. If this kid spends their whole life unhappy because he cannot get a Ferrari then that would be a really sad life”.
“It’s just [about] what you can do. And then you do it and work with that. It was always how I’ve worked”.
“What we need and what we want, we try absolutely everything to get it. But there are moments we have to accept this or that are not possible for us and step aside and do different stuff.”
Klopp has previously spoken glowingly of Bellingham, who has exploded onto the scene in the past few years at Dortmund and established himself in Gareth Southgate’s England side.
Speaking in December, Klopp said, “Bellingham is just exceptional. He plays so maturely, like a 28-year-old”.
“Everybody already knew his skills. But I have no idea what that means for the money side of it. He’s very good, exceptional. He had an incredible World Cup.”
While Bellingham may be off the cards for Liverpool, the club will need to strengthen their midfield in the summer.
Chelsea’s Mason Mount is of particular interest, with the midfielder in a contract stand-off with the club at present. They are also monitoring Mount’s team-mate Conor Gallagher, Brighton duo Moises Caicedo and Alexis MacAllister, Wolves’ Matheus Nunes, Leicester’s Youri Tielemans and Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch