Liverpool have decided to not pursue a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham this summer, as the potential cost of the transfer is too high. The 19-year-old has been heavily linked with the Reds, but the club have deemed it an unfeasible option due to their current financial situation.
The Reds are currently eighth in the Premier League and 12 points off the top four, and manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that changes will be made in the summer. Despite admiring Bellingham, the decision to pull out of any move for him is not thought to be about the player, but more about the priorities and extent of the summer rebuild required.
Klopp recently said that discussions regarding transfers had taken place during the international break, and Liverpool’s owners – Fenway Sports Group – are seeking new investment in the club. He added that “whatever we do next year will never be enough from people’s point of view and your [the media’s] point of view”.
Bellingham has had an impressive season with Dortmund, playing 37 games and scoring 10 goals, as well as registering six assists. Klopp has previously described him as “exceptional”, praising his ability to easily learn and improve.
Despite Liverpool’s decision to not pursue a move for Bellingham, Klopp is confident that with smart recruitment, the team will improve next season. He believes that with the right additions, the club can make a successful return to the top four.