If Liverpool want to get their main man, they will have to wait: Jude Bellingham is unlikely to be going anywhere this summer with Borussia Dortmund having already committed to one major sale in Erling Haaland’s move to Manchester City.
Liverpool are understandably huge admirers of Bellingham but given Dortmund’s tough stance, a move is only realistically going to be possible in the summer of 2023, as has long been the case.
Given the Reds’ ageing midfield and the potential loss of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is courted by several Premier League clubs, Bellingham’s 2023 availability leaves FSG and Julian Ward with a bit of a dilemma.
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Ideally, Liverpool would want to fix the midfield void in the squad this summer. Last year, Jürgen Klopp’s midfield options only dwindled with the departures of Xherdan Shaqiri and Georginio Wijnaldum and this summer that could get even worse.
Klopp will remember all too well what happened to the Reds when they didn’t fix their vulnerability in the centre-back department following Dejan Lovren’s departure which saw Liverpool suffer a horrific season defensively during the 2020/21 campaign. They ultimately only made the Champions League by a whisker.
The Liverpool boss will be reluctant to see a repeat of the same crisis in midfield, and as much as he will want to add Bellingham to the squad, he will need a temporary solution at least for the time being.
That temporary solution could be provided by the aforementioned Wijnaldum. According to the Irish Daily Star, there are ‘whispers’ at Liverpool about making a loan move for the Dutchman, who is reportedly available after just one season at Paris Saint Germain.
Wijnaldum may not have had the best year at PSG, but he is still a competent midfielder who is well versed at playing under Klopp’s gegenpress and who would have no problems slotting into the Liverpool midfield.
His tenacity and technical ability made him one of the best midfielders under Klopp’s era and at times during the beginning of last season, Liverpool certainly missed his presence.
A loan move would present little risk for FSG. Crucially, they would not have to commit to a transfer fee and sign a player who has already entered his 30s. In addition to that, they would still get a midfield who would allow Liverpool to continue to compete in all departments and emulate the feat of the Reds’ success from last season.
If Liverpool can somehow get the deal done, then Wijnaldum might just be the temporary fix that FSG and Klopp both need before Liverpool make an attempt to lure Bellingham to Anfield next summer and secure their desired long-term solution.
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