Liverpool are reportedly still ‘hoping’ that they will be able to sign Jude Bellingham this summer from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
The Premier League club have been heavily linked with Bellingham over the past year. He was unavailable last summer as Dortmund were unwilling to sell him and Erling Haaland during the same window.
But he is expected to move on this summer amid interest from the likes of Man City and Real Madrid.
Liverpool have been pushing to sign Bellingham but they have now claimed publicly that they will be unable to get him. This is likely because his value has skyrocketed following his superb form at last winter’s World Cup for England.
“You have to work with what you have. You wouldn’t say as a five-year-old at Christmas you want a Ferrari,” Klopp said.
“Whatever we need and want we try absolutely everything to get it but there are moments when you have to accept it’s not possible and step aside and do different stuff.”
But a fresh report from Christian Falk claims Liverpool are ‘not out of the race’ for Bellingham.
The journalist has told Liverpool’s supporters that they should not believe Klopp as they could benefit from having Slaven Stanic as a “middleman” in negotiations with Dortmund.
‘I don’t think that, at the moment, Jude Bellingham will stay at Dortmund for another year. So that’s the bad news for Liverpool But the good news is that I heard from Liverpool that the club is not out of the race,” Falk wrote for Caught Offside.
‘They are still hoping to have a chance. They pulled out because the money around the deal is too much but at the moment no other club is paying it so they see a chance still and they have a piece of the puzzle which could help in this matter.
‘Slaven Stanic, a good friend of Jurgen Klopp’s, is now still working for the management of the Liverpool boss. And now he’s in talks to become the right-hand man of Sebastian Kehl, Dortmund’s sporting director, as sport coordinator. And he knows, of course, about the big interest of Klopp in Bellingham and could be a middleman to bring both sides together. So it’s not off the table.
‘And now there is hope in Liverpool that perhaps they could come back to the negotiating table again. But Liverpool are out if anyone pays €150m earlier than the Reds.
‘However, I think this personality can help. Jurgen Klopp is always saying “we have no chance, we have no chance”. Don’t believe him – he’s also still hoping.’