The past few days have witnessed the very true confidants of Jurgen Klopp. The German strategist is not afraid to say that without past titles, the dismissal would have been on his desk. At the same time, Klopp apologized to the fans for the “trash” season, and took 100% of the responsibility.
Klopp said he would not resign and stay to deal with the mess he caused. Certainly, there will be a drastic reshuffle next summer at Anfield. The list of departures has been planned, but what about those who come? So far, have Liverpool targeted anyone?
In fact, yes and for a long time. Liverpool have always considered Jude Bellingham as the No. 1 transfer target. The talent of the Dortmund midfielder is undisputed. Bellingham’s outstanding maturity is recognized worldwide, and his mobile style is said to be very suitable for the style of play that Klopp built.
Bellingham’s return to Anfield will be like a fish in water, and will also significantly complement the team’s already heavily degraded midfield. Witnessing the erratic performance of Fabinho, Henderson, along with Thiago’s unstable health, Liverpool fans are looking forward to Bellingham more than ever.
However, the news that Liverpool withdrew from the race for Bellingham was widely published in the media as lightning struck the ears of the fans. The reason given is obvious: Money. With a high probability of not participating in the Champions League next season, Liverpool cannot compete in terms of transfer money as well as the salary for Bellingham with other big boys like MU, Real Madrid, PSG, Chelsea.
This reason is so convincing, that the listener does not know what to say. The most unfortunate thing here is that Bellingham also seems to like Liverpool among the teams pursuing him. With Liverpool, instead of 130 million buying Bellingham alone, they will invest in many other cheaper names, such as Mason Mount.
Liverpool’s calculation is not unreasonable, it’s just that surrendering too soon on this front could cost them a war. It was a battle to confirm the position of the big man, which Liverpool used to be very successful when owning the most expensive goalkeeper in the world (Alisson) and the most expensive midfielder in the world (Virgil van Dijk).
These are two super important pieces, besides Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Bobby Firmino, Fabinho… creating a golden generation that brought many trophies to Liverpool. That’s the value of “expensive in pieces”, only world-class investment can win world-class things, it’s hard to make an exception.
In today’s golden age, just standing still for a moment is already lagging behind. Compared to rivals with the same big brand name in England, Liverpool was already lagging behind financially. Man City is rich, MU is about to get richer with a new owner, the new owner spends recklessly with Chelsea, Arsenal will receive a lot of money if they win the British championship, Tottenham also have their own revenue.
Just hope Liverpool just give up Bellingham, not his big dream!