Klopp on "problem" with Jude Bellingham as Liverpool boss talks midfield issue

Jurgen Klopp has opened up on the "problem" with trying to sign Jude Bellingham as the Liverpool boss discussed the club's supposed issues in midfield.

The Reds have been linked with a move for the England international this summer as they look to keep up with Manchester City in the title race next season. Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay have already arrived at Anfield during the transfer window, but Klopp has played down the chances of Bellingham becoming the club's fourth summer signing – despite many fans calling for reinforcements in midfield.

Dortmund currently appear reluctant to sell 19-year-old Bellingham, having already sold Erling Haaland this summer, after City triggered his release clause.

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Discussing Liverpool's interest in Bellingham, Klopp explained, via the Liverpool Echo: "He's not on the market, so that’s the first problem with that player. Well, the only problem with that player!"

Klopp also admitted Liverpool are not currently looking to add to their squad, as he added: "No [we're not looking to buy]. I don't think something will happen in midfield, but you never know. If somebody comes to you and says 'I want to go…'

"Nobody came to me yet, but if that happens then we have to talk [about] new [players]. But if the situation stays like it is, then tell me why?"

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He added: "I don't understand. I do not understand. People told me about this discussion, but the last thing that would have crossed my mind is that we have to [sign a midfielder].

"I know all these things, that we don't score enough goals from midfield, this and that, but what do we want? This 'Golden Cow' that is producing absolutely everything, milk as well!

"We can go through it. Where do you want to start? So, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Milner, Keita, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho, Oxlade-Chamberlain. Now you tell me what kind of player are we missing? One who is offensive, 1.95m and arrives into the box to head balls in? OK, apart from that!

"We have three players in the squad who can easily play as a No.6 – Fabinho, of course, but Hendo and Milly played it fine. Creativity? If we bring in a player just for that, we immediately make it more difficult for Harvey, Curtis and Fabio.

"They can all play different positions as well of course, Curtis can play a line higher and Harvey and Fabio can play there too. Fine. We can play a different system as well, where we might only need two midfielders, but then all these guys can play as a No.10 in the new system. So where is the need for a midfielder? The day when somebody comes to me and tells me why exactly."

The German boss told reporters the club do not necessarily need to sign players in order to improve, with Klopp keen to make use of the players progressing from the Liverpool academy.

"We always try to improve, and we can improve internally as well," added Klopp. "They can put pressure on the more experienced guys, for sure."

Bellingham, who joined Dortmund from Birmingham City for £22.5million in 2020, still has three years remaining on his contract with the German side, having signed an extension last summer. He has scored 10 times in 90 appearances for Dortmund as well as providing 18 assists for his team-mates.

Since making his international debut aged 17, Bellingham has also racked up 15 caps for England and was a member of Gareth Southgate's squad at last year's Euros.

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