Jurgen Klopp hails ‘exceptional’ Jude Bellingham after his brilliant World Cup with England – but Liverpool manager admits he doesn’t ‘like to talk about money’ for transfer target with Reds, Manchester City and Real Madrid all in for £100m-rated starlet
- Jude Bellingham excelled for England in midfield during the recent World Cup
- The Borussia Dortmund star is wanted by a plethora of Europe’s top clubs
- Liverpool are among his suitors – with Bellingham set to cost around £100million
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has broken cover to hail ‘exceptional’ Jude Bellingham as the race between Europe’s biggest clubs hots up for the young England World Cup star.
With Real Madrid and Manchester City also showing strong interest in the £100million teenager, Klopp took the unusual step of publicly praising a midfielder he’d love at Anfield next season – though January might be too early to conclude a deal.
‘I think everyone agrees he is just exceptional,’ said Klopp as Liverpool return to Premier League action against Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
Jude Bellingham enhanced his reputation at the World Cup as he shone in England’s midfield
Liverpool manager Klopp, who wants to sign him, has labelled Bellingham as ‘exceptional’
‘Imagine someone saw him for the first time, how old would they think he is? Nobody would get even close. He plays so mature, like a 28-year-old.
‘He had an absolutely exceptional World Cup and is good in so many things. The things he can do already are difficult to learn and the things he has to improve are easy to learn.’
Klopp hopes Bellingham’s friendship with club captain Jordan Henderson will help Liverpool’s case while owner John W Henry looks to find backers to help finance the deal.
‘I don’t like to talk about money with a player like Jude,’ said Klopp.
‘If we want to do him a favour, don’t throw any hurdles in his development. That’d be really cool.’
Bellingham has built up a great rapport with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson at England