Klopp Has Told Liverpool Sporting Director Julian Ward The Player He Wants
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Julian Ward, Liverpool’s sporting director, has been given a transfer brief for next summer’s window, and the club are planning to pull off a blockbuster signing.
According to The Mirror, Klopp has told Ward exactly what he requires - a young, multi-functional operator with technique and athleticism in equal abundance.
Young gun Jude Bellingham ticks all the boxes for the type of midfielder Klopp and Ward are after.
Although he is still only 18, he boasts a ton of Bundesliga and Champions league experience for his current club, Borussia Dortmund.
Bellingham has also amassed an impressive 15 England caps already, and was one of the only bright spots from England’s miserable Nations League campaign.
Although he has admirers from around the globe, including Pep Guardiola, the chance to work under Klopp may appeal to the Englishman, as the Liverpool manager has just tied himself down to the club for another four years.
Liverpool will feel they have had a transfer window so far, and club sources have indicated that Jurgen Klopp has finished his business for this summer.
The red’s £85m swoop for former Benfica striker, Darwin Nunez, was their most significant signing so far and they will hope he will be a more than adequate replacement for Sadio Mane, who will join Bayern Munich imminently.
Liverpool have also not been apprehensive to strengthen in other areas too. The signing of 19 year-old winger Carvalho from Fulham and 18 year-old Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen for a combined fee of less than £10m is further evidence of Liverpool’s historically sensible dealings in the transfer window.
Nunez’s arrival has been designed to keep the Merseyside club in the goals, but the reds will spend the next 12 months stepping up their search for a world class midfielder.
After coming so close to winning both the Premier League and Champions League, they hope their next midfield star signing will be the final piece of the puzzle to secure their place as England and Europe’s best.