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Jude Bellingham: Liverpool given transfer belief with pundit explaining why club-record signing will be ‘easy’

Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund celebrating during the UEFA Champions League match between Besiktas and Borussia Dortmund at Vodafone Park on September 15, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey

Liverpool have been told they have a great chance of signing Jude Bellingham next summer with one observer adamant they will have no trouble paying his apparent £103m asking price.

The star has emerged as one of the world’s finest midfielder, despite his tender years. Still only 19, Bellingham has already clocked up 134 career appearances, including 90 for Borussia Dortmund. Capped 15 times by England, Bellingham is also coveted by some of the world’s top clubs.

His Dortmund side rarely stand in the way of their top assets once the big boys come calling. To that end, Ousmane Dembele, Christian Pulisic, Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng, Jadon Sancho and now Erling Haaland have all departed for huge proifts over the years.

But the Dortmund model also allows for only one of these sales per summer. And with Haaland going to City, Bellingham is potentially shaping up to be their next big departure in summer 2023.

To that end, Dortmund have seemingly set their stall out early by suggesting the player will carry a huge £103m price tag. Nonetheless, that has not deterred the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool, both of whom are keen.

The Reds will be in the market for a new midfielder, having missed out this summer for Aurelien Tchouameni.

With Jordan Henderson and Thaigo both over 30, the Reds also have James Milner, now 36, probably entering his last season.

To that end, a new addition there in 2023 will likely become their top focus.

Jude Bellingham tipped for Liverpool move in 2023

As a result, pundit Paddy Kenny insists he can envisage Bellingham signing for the Reds in 12 months time.

Liverpool have proven themselves no nonsense when it comes to spending big. That was emphasised this summer with the capture of Darwin Nunez. And he reckons they will ‘easily’ finance a club-record swoop for Bellingham next year.

“He has been rumoured to be going to Liverpool for a while now,” Kenny told Football Insider.

“It’s a lot of money isn’t it? £100million. He is obviously a massive prospect and he is probably one of the top names in the world people are looking at.

“I can easily see Liverpool spending that kind of money on a big name. They have done it before with Alisson and Van Dijk.

“Then there is Nunez as well. Why not? Liverpool always get these deals right and I’m sure they will be looking at bringing him in next summer.”

Julian Ward will focus on midfield next season

Reds sporting director Julian Ward appears to have kicked off where predecessor Michael Edwards left things by being smart, efficient and to the point over Liverpool targets.

As such, if the Reds do truly want Bellingham, they will already be putting plans in progress for that deal to happen. To that end, it would be no surprise if conversations had already been held between Liverpool and BVB over a future move.

That won’t just involve their due dillegence on how Bellingham can fit into Jurgen Klopp’s team, either.

There will be conversations around what it will mean for the likes of Naby Keita and Curtis Jones. Will they sacrifice Keita this summer for example, in order to clear the decks?

Klopp wants Jude Bellingham but he’ll have to wait

Liverpool want to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund but they will have to wait until next summer

Or perhaps there will be conversations with Henderson over a lesser role in the side going forwards. Milner too, will also be surely entering his final season as a pro following his recent contract extension.

Either way, the Reds will be planning everything out ahead. And while Jude Bellingham may likely cost another club-record fee, his is a signing that can marshall their midfield for potentially the next decade.

Fabio Carvalho, meanwhile, is being tipped for another role to remedy a key Liverpool department on its last legs.