Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp admits he doesn’t need to speculate on the rising price ticket of Jude Bellingham because the 19-year-old ‘s value continues to increase rapidly.
Klopp is a long-time admirer of the Borussia Dortmund midfielder and the teenager is expected to be his number one summer target, with the club understood to have already put in a large amount of groundwork into a potential transfer.
However, the competition for the England international, who had a stellar World Cup, is already fierce with the likes of Real Madrid and a number of other Premier League sides in the running.
Dortmund will hope that interest, plus his displays in Qatar, will spark an auction for the player come the end of the season.
However, Klopp, who made a rare exception in speaking about the player, does not want – somewhat understandably considering Liverpool would most likely lose a bidding war with their rivals – to put a price on someone who could be a generational talent.
“I don’t like to speak about cash whenever you discuss a participant like him. Everyone can see he’s simply distinctive,” stated the Liverpool supervisor.
“If you point out to somebody who has no clue about soccer, or who is aware of about soccer and has not watched it for some time (and ask) ‘How old do you think Jude Bellingham is?’, I don’t suppose anybody would get even near his age.
“They would say 28 or 29 as a result of he performs so mature. He performed an distinctive World Cup. Absolutely distinctive.
“With all of the issues he has and issues he can enhance, to explain him I’d say the issues he can do are troublesome to study, and the issues he can enhance are simple to study.
“So, sure, he’s a extremely good participant. What can I say? I’ve thought that already for 2 or three years since he had his breakthrough at Dortmund.
“Everybody knew already however I do not know what which means for the cash aspect of it.
“I really think if we all want to do him a favour then we do not talk too much about money. I mean that from an England point of view. Do not throw any hurdles in his development.”
A stumbling block in Liverpool’s pursuit of Bellingham might be a failure to qualify for subsequent 12 months’s Champions League because the membership at the moment sit sixth within the Premier League, seven factors behind fourth-placed Tottenham with a match in hand.
Klopp has spoken beforehand about not being focused on gamers who solely see short-term good points however accepts being in Europe’s elite membership competitors does have a sure draw.
“It is very important for the club and that is our main target now,” he added.
“It is important but you ask it from a transfer perspective? Yes. Again, generally we have a good chance to qualify for the Champions League.
“Will it happen this year? I don’t know. But 100 per cent we are one of the contenders for the next few years again.
“If you ask a player and he says, ‘Next year you are not in the Champions League and I would prefer to go to a football club who plays this year and maybe not next year’ then I am not sure I would still want this player to be honest.
“I understand it 100 per cent – I want to be in the Champions League all the time.
“For the moment we have two pathways still to qualify for the Champions League next year.
“As long as that is the case, I see ourselves as proper contenders for the Champions League qualification. If not, then we can speak about that.”