(Video) Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp provides transfer update on ‘exceptional’ Jude Bellingham
Jurgen Klopp rarely mentions players from other teams, so hearing him compliment Jude Bellingham, one of our top transfer targets, is interesting because it isn’t typical for him to do so.
The 55-year-old spoke to the media prior to the match against Aston Villa and said: “I don’t like to talk about money when you talk about a player like him. Everyone can see he is just exceptional.
“If you mention to someone who has no clue about football: ‘How old do you think Jude Bellingham is?’ I don’t think anyone would get even close to his age. They would say 28 or 29 because he plays so mature.
“He played an exceptional World Cup. Absolutely exceptional. With all the things he has and things he can improve, to describe him I would say the things he can do are difficult to learn, and the things he can improve are easy to learn. He is a really good player.
“What can I say? I have thought that already for two or three years since he had his breakthrough at Dortmund. Everybody knew already but I have no idea what that means for the money side of it.
“I really think if we all want to do him a favour then we do not talk too much about money. I mean that from an England point of view. Do not throw any hurdles in his development.”
The 19-year-old has been linked with a move to Anfield for a while, but many assumed that a deal would be nearly impossible to complete. Nevertheless, regular updates from reliable sources have continued to raise our supporters’ collective hopes.
Although the manager has made it clear that money is and always will be a barrier, this is another another encouraging sign that we are genuinely interested in and in the competition for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.