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Jude Bellingham “is the closest thing” England have had to Steven Gerrard, says Jamie O’Hara

Tom Avery

TalkSPORT pundit Jamie O’Hara believes England superstar Jude Bellingham “is the closest thing” the Three Lions have had to Steven Gerrard.

Making just his fourth England start, the 18-year-old impressed in last night’s 3-0 win against Ivory Coast and showcased the frightening array of qualities he possesses.

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The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is yet to taste defeat in Gareth Southgate’s side and the friendly against ‘The Elephants’ was his 12th senior international cap.

The former Birmingham City youngster was awarded man of the match for his display at Wembley and it was little wonder given his impressive performance.

O’Hara raves about Jude Bellingham

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Playing alongside Declan Rice, the box-to-box midfielder was unlucky not to score his first England goal and break the deadlock.

Following some neat interplay with Raheem Sterling, Bellingham’s effort was deflected on to the post by the Ivory Coast goalkeeper.

Such a raw talent, Bellingham plays with real imagination and brings an element of risk to his game which highlights the self-belief he possesses.

Alongside his phenomenal physical attributes, Bellingham has dazzling footwork and has a real thirst for contributing to his team’s goalscoring threat.

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Speaking on talkSPORT, Jason Cundy labelled Bellingham a ‘Rolls Royce’.

But former Tottenham midfielder O’Hara couldn’t help but draw comparisons with Bellingham to Liverpool legend Gerrard.

O’Hara said: “I think he’s the closest thing we’ve (England) had to Steven Gerrard.

“Steven Gerrard is unbelievable and he’s not at that level yet, but I feel Jude Bellingham has got that something about him.”

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Bild report that Jurgen Klopp has asked Liverpool to seal a transfer for Bellingham. But they face waiting until summer 2023 and will have to splash out the cash to sign the teenager.

The Bundesliga giants’ hierarchy value Bellingham in excess of €100m (£84.5m).

But following O’Hara’s comments it seems that Jude Bellingham could be the man to follow in Steven Gerrard’s footsteps and potentially be that driving force in the engine room for both Liverpool and England in the future.

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