Liverpool transfer news: Jude Bellingham is Anfield-bound according to Noel Whelan

Jude Bellingham, Borussia Dortmund, 2021-22

Arthur Melo’s loan move from Juventus to Liverpool is evidence constructive that the Reds have a deal lined up for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, according to former Premier League striker Noel Whelan.

Liverpool were being determined for a midfielder in the summertime transfer window with Thiago, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all struggling with injuries.

Immediately after staying joined with Bellingham, Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and other folks, they pulled off the loan acquisition of Arthur from Juventus with the window about to shut.

The Brazilian is a fine participant, 1 who was in the 97th percentile for pass completion between midfielders Serie A-large last season, but Whelan thinks they would have signed him permanently if they did not have Bellingham’s transfer lined up.

“It implies to me that Liverpool are closing in on what would be the sensational signing of Jude Bellingham,” the previous Leeds person informed Football Insider.

“Arthur’s a fantastic participant, and he was available after dropping his put at Juventus, but he is not the lengthy-expression answer for Klopp. It can be a short term deal to tide him over until he receives the midfielder he really want, which is of course Bellingham.

“I’m expecting to see him in a Liverpool shirt at some place up coming year.”

Is Bellingham worth the hold out?

Bellingham has burst onto the scene due to the fact swapping Birmingham for Dortmund in 2020, and has now racked up 96 video games regardless of his tender 19 several years, successful a DFB Cup along the way.

A comprehensive midfielder confident on both sides of the ball, Pep Guardiola was left in awe when Manchester City beat Dortmund over two legs in the Champions League quarter-finals two seasons in the past.

“I are not able to consider it, possibly he is a liar!” Guardiola mentioned at the time. “He’s so fantastic for 17 many years aged, he is a superb participant. There was one particular second when he did not get the ball from central defenders, how he shouts and requires that ball to him at 17 implies a large amount.”

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