Liverpool have been told they ‘must consider signing’ Jude Bellingham after his dazzling emergence for England and Germany, with claims he could be the club’s next Steven Gerrard.
Reds captain Jordan Henderson has reserved midfield praise after another impressive outing for the Three Lions, and former star Glen Johnson says Bellingham and Borussia Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland should be targeted by the Premier League giants.
Bellingham continued to stun team-mates, pundits and fans alike, delivering another commanding and mature performance that belied his young age of 18, as England beat Ivory Coast 3-0 during the international break.
The more Bellingham delivers and lives up to the hype, the stronger his links with a move to English football will be, with Liverpool apparently having a strong interest in the former Birmingham City teenager.
Henderson may have unwittingly fueled those flames with his midfield praise during his England service.
“I don’t like to talk about players too much, especially when they’re so young because everyone seems to do it quite quickly – but I was very impressed,” Henderson told SPORTbible when asked. on the Dortmund star.
“I like the way he plays, but I like his personality, which is the most important thing. I like the way he conducts himself. I have nothing but good things to say about him.
“He’s a great lad, a fantastic player and I’m sure he’ll get better and better as he gets older and matures. When I watch him he’s playing with such maturity even now. The sky really is the limit for him.
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Former Reds defender Johnson is another big Bellingham fan and would love to see him don a Liverpool shirt.
The Three Lions youngster has been linked as a long-term replacement for Henderson and James Milner, although it has raised doubts over whether the Reds could delay their pursuit with the current squad brimming with top-class options in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield.
But Johnson says his former club should look to sign him now, comparing him to Kop icon Gerrard.
“Replacement or not, if Jude Bellingham becomes available then yes, I would say he’s sure to be found,” he told Compare.bet.
“He’s definitely going to be world class, he looks the part and can do it all. If that’s a possibility, then you should consider signing it.
“I would probably say he’s like Gerrard. He’s physically taller, but he moves in the park, can tackle and is good on the ball, and he has that drive too.
Johnson says the Merseysiders shouldn’t stop there and should also be keeping a close eye on Haaland’s future, as a host of elite European clubs swirl in over their heads.
The 21-year-old Norwegian is set to decide his next club in the coming weeks, with his £63million release clause set to expire on April 30.
These rumors have seemingly come at the perfect time for Liverpool with Mohamed Salah’s future currently uncertain, but Johnson says the Egyptian king is ‘impossible’ to replace and the Reds could look to land Haaland regardless of what happens with the player. #11.
“I think Liverpool have half an eye on Haaland anyway,” said Johnson, who insists his seemingly very high wage demands won’t deter the Reds from signing the goalscoring sensation.
“We all know Salah won’t be here in four years, but Haaland could be… or should be.
“Salah is impossible to replace unless you’re super lucky. He’s one of the best players in the world. These players don’t come around often.
“I think you’d have to find someone almost totally different. He scores goals for fun and as we know those players are hard to find.
“But no, I don’t think it’s about getting Haaland to replace him. I think if he’s available they’ll want to have him anyway.
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