Mon 26 December 2022 | 9:33

Klopp: Everyone can see Bellingham is just exceptional

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham is an exceptional player.

The 19-year-old


is wanted by the biggest clubs on the planet including Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Manchester City.

Bellingham rejected Manchester United's offer and joined Dortmund in 2020. He has scored nine goals this season and after an impressive World Cup for England, he is now one of the names on everyone's lips.


reportedly wanted to sign Bellingham last summer but


refused to sell him and now wants around €150million for him.

Klopp has praised Bellingham’s maturity and insisted that he can not put a value on an exceptional player like him.

“I don't like to talk about money when you talk about a player like him. Everyone can see he is just exceptional,"

said the Liverpool manager.

"If you mention to someone who has no clue about football, or who knows about football and has not watched it for a while (and ask) '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 maturely. 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.

"So, yes, 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.”

Liverpool is seven points behind the fourth-placed team in the league with a match in hand and Klopp admitted that being in the Champions League is the main target for the club this season.

"It is very important for the club and that is our main target now,"

he added.

"It is important but you ask it from a transfer perspective? Yes. Again, generally we have a good chance to qualify for the Champions League.

"Will it happen this year? I don't know. But 100 per cent we are one of the contenders for the next few years again.

"If you ask a player and he says, 'Next year you are not in the Champions League and I would prefer to go to a football club who plays this year and maybe not next year' then I am not sure I would still want this player to be honest.

"I understand it 100 per cent - I want to be in the Champions League all the time.

"For the moment we have two pathways still to qualify for the Champions League next year.

"As long as that is the case, I see ourselves as proper contenders for the Champions League qualification. If not, then we can speak about that."

source: SportMob

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