Liverpool are confident they will sign a priority midfield goal after Manchester City make the switch to Kalvin Phillips

Liverpool are reportedly making plans to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund next year.

The Reds have turned their attention to Bellingham as Manchester City are close to a deal for another midfield target, Kalvin Phillips.

A report from The Mirror reveals that Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Bellingham but is willing to wait until 2023 to make a move for the 18-year-old.

The England international has made a meteoric rise since making his debut for Birmingham City in 2019 after coming through the club’s academy.

He became the youngest player in history to represent the Blues, spending just one season with the West Midlands outfit before sealing a move to Dortmund.

❗️: Liverpool lead the race to sign Jude Bellingham next summer. Liverpool are now making plans to bring the teenage midfielder back to the UK after his adult appearances for BVB and England. Klopp wasn’t put off by Bellingham’s price tag.Source: @MirrorFootball 🗞

Bellingham has continued to impress in the Bundesliga and his appearances for BVB have sparked interest in his services. Dortmund are reportedly unwilling to approve its sale this summer, as Erling Haaland has already been sold to Manchester City.

Bellingham scored 10 goals and provided 18 assists in 89 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund. He is also an established international for England and is seen as one of the standout players of his generation.

Liverpool’s ties to Bellingham in line with their recent transfer strategy

Bellingham impressed for Dortmund
Bellingham impressed for Dortmund

Jurgen Klopp has built a formidable team at Anfield in recent years. Most of his signings have been successful for the Reds and have been instrumental in Liverpool’s recent climb to the top.

The likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Alisson Becker have all become modern Kop legends since joining the club in recent years.

However, the core players of the current Reds squad are all in their prime, approaching the wrong side of 30. In light of this, it is relevant for Liverpool to plan for the future.

Klopp has identified this need and his recent transfer strategy shows that he is already laying the groundwork for the next great team.

The transfers of Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho have reduced the club’s average age at attack.

In the coming years, attention could turn to other parts of the team. Bellingham could be lining up to inherit the midfield mantle from Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara.

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Edited by Akshay Saraswat

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