With Harvey Elliott making a name for himself in central midfield, Liverpool have gone into the 2021-22 season with eight players vying for three spots in the middle of the park. As such, reports that the Reds passed on adding Florian Neuhaus this summer should come as little surprise.
Considering the age profile of those midfield options, however — Thiago, Jordan Henderson and James Milner will be 31, 32, and 36, respectively, at the start of next season — it would make sense for the Merseysiders to consider adding youth to the position, in order to foster long-term sustainability.
According to reports from the Daily Star, Jürgen Klopp has set his sights on one youth in particular, and not for the first time. A target for the Reds manager when he was bossing the Birmingham midfield 18 months ago, Jude Bellingham has been a revelation since moving to Borussia Dortmund at the tender age of 17, and it is not surprise that he has already been linked with a return to England.
He won’t come cheap, though, if at all, and even the suggested £80m price may not be enough to tempt Dortmund in the same summer they are expecting to lose goal scoring sensation Erling Haaland for a cut-rate release clause fee.
If die Schwarz-Gelben can be convinced to let him go, Bellingham might just be worth it to Liverpool, though, as his all-action style would suit Klopp’s brand of football perfectly and by the looks of it could potentially be a starter at the position for a decade and a half.
The Reds’ ability both to attract one of the hottest properties in world football and to spend the necessary money is likely to rely not only on their success this season, but also outgoing transfers in the interim, and as such, this is one that we’re likely to be hearing about for a long time yet.