'Leading the pursuit': Jurgen Klopp is trying to make sure Liverpool sign 'incredible' player now – Ornstein
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'Leading the pursuit': Jurgen Klopp is trying to make sure Liverpool sign 'incredible' player now – Ornstein

Changes in recruitment behind-the-scenes at Liverpool have arguably come at the worst possible time.

Jurgen Klopp’s squad needs refreshing in the next few transfer windows, with many of his stars now over 30.

Journalist David Ornstein has appeared on The Athletic Football Podcast to discuss one potential deal.

An area of the pitch that Liverpool need to recruit in is midfield.

Despite having a fantastic World Cup, Jordan Henderson is now 32, and won’t be able to play at the top level for much longer.

Thiago Alcantara is still a fantastic player, but injuries have hampered his time at Anfield.

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A world-class central midfielder will be high on their list of priorities, and one player they’ve identified is Jude Bellingham.

Bellingham was arguably England’s best player at the World Cup, and has already been described as an ‘incredible’ player.

He formed a fantastic relationship with Henderson in Qatar, and they played well alongside each other throughout the tournament.

Ornstein has now reported that Klopp wants to sign Bellingham, and is leading the pursuit of the teenager.

Klopp signed a contract extension in April that will see him stay at the club until 2026.

Bellingham is exactly the type of player he will want to build his side around over the next few years.

Klopp wants to personally sign Bellingham – Ornstein

Speaking on The Athletic Football Podcast, Ornstein said: “It’s been widely reported and speculated that Liverpool are leading the race to sign him. And they do want to sign him.

“Jurgen Klopp has, as we understand it, been leading that pursuit himself and his power within the Liverpool hierarchy has now increased with the news that Julian Ward, the sporting director, is going to be stepping down at the end of the season.

“A number of other changes, including Klopp signing a new contract, has really brought him to the fore.

“But, the feeling among other clubs who are interested in Bellingham, is that while Liverpool may be the early front runners, the situation is still open.”

Ornstein went on to say that Dortmund value Bellingham at over £100m, but that number could change depending on demand.

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It’s no surprise that Klopp wants to sign Bellingham, and is making it his personal mission to do so.

The teenager is already among the world’s elite midfielders, and has plenty of time to keep improving.

Journalist Ben Jacobs believes that Liverpool have already put a lot of work in to sign Bellingham.

It would be a massive statement of intentions if they could win the race to sign him.

However, given their current league position, Bellingham may not want to settle for anything other than Champions League football at his next club.

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