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Jurgen Klopp breaks silence on Liverpool ending Jude Bellingham pursuit – ‘I never understood’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has spoken for the first time since Liverpool ended their pursuit of Jude Bellingham, admitting they “have to accept it’s not possible”.

Bellingham has been one of the main midfielders to be linked with Liverpool in recent months. They need to sign some upgrades in his position, for which he would be an obvious candidate. After impressing with Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool could have been one of the most suitable options for him back in English football.

However, Borussia Dortmund have set a high asking price for Bellingham. Given the fact that they want to sign multiple midfielders this summer and not just one, Liverpool cannot compete.

Therefore, they have ruled themselves out of the running to sign the England international in the summer.

On Friday morning, Liverpool manager Klopp took his first press conference since the Bellingham news emerged. Naturally, he received a few questions about the topic.

Never one to dwell too much in the media on players who aren’t his own, Klopp explored the wider themes of why a move might have been beyond Liverpool’s reach.

“There’s nothing to say about it to be honest,” said Klopp. “If we don’t speak about players we are signing or not signing, why would I talk about it now?

“It’s not about Jude Bellingham. I never understood why we constantly speak about things we theoretically cannot have.

“You have to realise what you can do. It’s about what you can do, and you work with that.”

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Jurgen Klopp compares Jude Bellingham to a Ferrari

Klopp went on to use an analogy involving a Ferrari and a child as to why Liverpool had to accept adding Bellingham to their squad this summer is impossible.

“You have to work with what you have,” he added. “We are not children.

“You wouldn’t say as a five-year-old at Christmas you want a Ferrari; you don’t say, ‘that’s a good idea’. It’s too expensive and you can’t drive it.

“Whatever we need and want we try absolutely everything to get it but there are moments when you have to accept it’s not possible and step aside and do different stuff.”

Bellingham has established himself as one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe across his 127 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, during which he has scored 20 goals and added 25 assists.

Under contract with the Bundesliga side until 2025, it will be fascinating to find out what his next step will be.

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Klopp was speaking in view of Liverpool’s next match, away at Leeds on Monday. He confirmed that Luis Diaz is “completely ready” to return to the squad, while Thiago Alcantara is a “candidate for starting” after their recent injuries.

Furthermore, Ibrahima Konate and Alisson Becker are expected to be back in training on Friday.

Against Leeds, Liverpool will be looking to halt a run of five games without a win, form which has led them to eighth in the Premier League table.