Klopp denies tapping up Bellingham but confirms Liverpool interest in Dortmund star

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp makes a face Credit: Alamy
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp makes a face Credit: Alamy

Jurgen Klopp insists he has not been in touch with Jude Bellingham’s parents over a possible move to Liverpool, but confirmed the England international is “on our radar”.

The Reds have been heavily linked with a move for Bellingham, who’s also attracting interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City.

The teenager is expected to move from Borussia Dortmund for around £130m in the summer and reports have suggested Klopp has been tapping up Bellingham by speaking to his parents.

“These things are not possible because he is under contract with Borussia Dortmund,” Klopp told SportBild. “That is not possible without their consent. So it’s not true.

“Jude is a great player who we are familiar with, of course. We’d be stupid not to have him on our radar. But there’s nothing more to say at the moment.”

Despite Bellingham’s obvious quality, Jamie Carragher warned after Liverpool’s defeat to Brentford that the 19-year-old is not the answer for Klopp, who needs ‘Jurgen Klopp players’ to challenge for the Premier League.

“Everyone keep talking about Jude Bellingham,” Carragher said on Sky Sports, speaking after the game at the Gtech Community Stadium in which Brentford were deserving winners.

“Liverpool haven’t got a problem going forward. It’s actually a midfielder player to stop the opposition coming right through them [that is needed].

“Players like Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho, they’re great technical players but they don’t look like ‘Jurgen Klopp players’, and then Fabinho is getting older, Jordan Henderson hasn’t got the energy anymore, James Milner…

“I think they need three midfielders to challenge again.

“Liverpool’s transfer committee and Jurgen Klopp have been lauded [for their success]… this is on them, to allow a team who almost won four trophies last season to be fighting for the top four because the midfield has only one player [Thiago Alcantara] signed in four-and-a-half years, and they’re absolutely running on fumes.”

Liverpool now sit seven points behind Manchester United in fourth and face a battle to qualify for the Champions League having been battling for the quadruple last season.

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