Liverpool will face competition in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund’s teenage midfielder Jude Bellingham in next summer’s transfer window.
What’s the word?
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, O’Rourke said: “Well, if Liverpool are needing a midfielder, there’s not many better than Jude Bellingham right now.
“He’s the perfect age, he’s played at the highest level now for a couple of seasons.
“I’m sure he’ll go to the World Cup and be successful with England as well.
“So, the problem Liverpool face here is that they are obviously long-term admirers of the midfielder but there’s going to be a lot of clubs in the market for Jude Bellingham if he does end up leaving Borussia Dortmund, whether it’s in the January window or next summer, which is probably more likely.
“You’ve got the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United, I’m sure will all be in there for him.”
A damning admission
The latest update from O’Rourke surrounding Liverpool’s level of interest in Bellingham makes for a somewhat damning update.
At this point, it remains clear that the fight for his signature will not come easy, with other fellow super-clubs all looking to try their hand to sign what looks to be a generational talent.
It is no wonder why the 19-year-old has attracted such interest.
Playing his fourth full season of football as a professional, the amount of experience and know-how that the Dortmund midfielder has at his tender age is nothing short of astounding, especially when you consider the metrics that he is knocking up in Germany.
Having averaged 3.0 successful dribbles and created six chances so far this season in the Bundesliga, Bellingham is progressive in his style as a midfielder and has demonstrated competence in both phases of the game, with his work off the ball seeing the England international average around 20.25 pressures per game, with 5.55 occurring in the attacking third.
As such, there is no doubt that the 19-year-old would fit snug into Jurgen Klopp’s system, but from a Liverpool perspective, it remains to be seen as to whether they can overcome the level of competition that surrounds them in their bid to secure a key player with bags of unspent potential.