Liverpool want Jude Bellingham and will be keen to avoid same mistake that saw top teenager Michael Laudrup slip away with Manchester City and Real Madrid also in transfer race

    Liverpool will be going all-out to try and sign Jude Bellingham, after all, they don’t want to miss out on the signing of another world-beating 19-year-old.

    The Reds have been heavily linked with the England star following a hugely impressive time with Borussia Dortmund where he’s proven himself as one of Europe’s best young talents.

    Liverpool are front of the queue to sign Bellingham after his England heroics

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    Liverpool are front of the queue to sign Bellingham after his England heroics

    In 1983, when Laudrup was 19, he turned down a move to Liverpool and joined Lazio instead before heading to Juventus

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    In 1983, when Laudrup was 19, he turned down a move to Liverpool and joined Lazio instead before heading to Juventus

    He truly established himself at the highest level during his time at Juventus, but it could have been different

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    He truly established himself at the highest level during his time at Juventus, but it could have been different

    However, with the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid also keen, Jurgen Klopp’s side will be praying that history doesn’t repeat itself.

    Liverpool boast a real reputation for attracting some of the best young players on the planet to Anfield, but one whom they missed out on was Michael Laudrup.

    The Denmark legend made his name at Lazio, Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid where he dominated European football from an advanced midfield position.

    But while it was in Turin where he really started to dominate, Laudrup was close to heading to Merseyside in 1983 when leaving Brondby.

    Speaking to Liverpool’s official website in 2011, Laudrup explained: “I had the opportunity to sign for Liverpool. We actually agreed a deal and I came over with my father to talk to Liverpool’s representatives.

    “We agreed a three-year contract and went away thinking it was all done. But two weeks later they came back saying they wanted to offer me the same package, but for four years because I was still young and needed time to develop.

    The Dortmund star is one of Europe’s most in-demand young stars

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    The Dortmund star is one of Europe’s most in-demand young stars

    “I was disappointed because although nothing had been signed, we had an agreement. I decided not to join them and people thought I was crazy. This 19-year-old was turning down the great Liverpool. It wasn’t really like that though.

    “I just felt an agreement is an agreement and people should stick to what they decide. After that, I had other offers and went on to join Juventus. That’s football for you.”

    While missing out on a world beater like Laudrup, the club were not too disappointed at the time.

    “Michael turned out to be a wonderful player, but I firmly believe we made the right decision at the time because he was demanding terms and conditions in his contract that were impossible for us to meet,” Peter Robinson, the chief executive at the time said.

    Bellingham has a number of Europe’s giants after him, including Real Madrid and PSG

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    Bellingham has a number of Europe’s giants after him, including Real Madrid and PSG

    “The main stumbling block was that he wanted the option to be able to just walk away after a short period if he felt things weren’t working out. From our point of view, this just did not make any business sense.

    “Over the years it was very rare for a player to turn Liverpool down but it wasn’t something we dwelt on. It was just a case of moving on and identifying another target.”

    It is rare for a player to be loved in equal measure by both Barcelona and Real Madrid supporters, but Laudrup is such was his mastery with the ball at his feet.

    It was in the Spanish capital where he played between 1994 and 1996 and was pondering his future when King Juan Carlos I appeared at his shoulder. He had been sitting a few tables away and overheard the conversation about his future.

    “That’s good news,” he whispered in the player’s ear when it became apparent he might leave. “I’ll be the only King in Madrid again.”

    Liverpool will no doubt feel that they missed a trick by allowing a talent like Laudrup to slip away and will be keen to avoid missing out on Bellingham.

    With the battle to earn the talented midfielder’s signature already well under way, the focus for the Reds will be on ensuring that this time they’re the side who come out on top in such a bidding war.

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