Liverpool urged to splash £148m on Bundesliga pair next summer

Joe Williams
Liverpool-linked Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland celebrate

Glen Johnson has told Liverpool to break the bank for Borussia Dortmund pair Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland next summer.

18-year-old Bellingham has enjoyed a good start to the new season with three goals and four assists in 15 appearances in all competitions, while Haaland has been in typically prolific form, bagging 13 goals in 10 matches so far.

Bellingham only moved to Dortmund at the beginning of last season but is already having a huge impact, with Premier League side Manchester City reportedly interested in the £80m-rated England international.

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Haaland is now on 70 goals in 69 appearances for Dortmund and they are set to lose him next summer when his £68m release clause becomes active.

And Johnson wants to see his former club Liverpool make a move for the two Dortmund stars with Jurgen Klopp the best manager to develop them.

“I’d love to see Haaland and Bellingham at Liverpool,” Johnson told William Hill.

“They are two young guys who are built for the Premier League and for a club like Liverpool.

“They could develop over the years under a manager like Jurgen Klopp and I could see them becoming massive names in football for a long, long time.

“There’ll be competition from other clubs across Europe for sure, but I think it’d be appealing to come to Anfield, challenge for trophies and work under a top class manager like Klopp.”

Klopp has won a Premier League title and a Champions League during his time at Anfield but Johnson thinks his work at Liverpool is far from complete.

On Klopp, Johnson added: “I don’t think he’ll be tempted at the moment at all, as the club have been focusing on building up since the owners came in, and it was always a long-term plan to compete for every trophy and they’ll see Jurgen as a big part of that.

“I think any other job for him would be a step backwards. As we know, anything can happen in football, but I still can’t see him leaving any time soon.”