Liverpool transfer target Jude Bellingham may well be tempted to stay at Borussia Dortmund after being handed the captaincy for some recent matches.
That is according to Dharmesh Sheth, who reckons that it was something of a power play by the Bundesliga club.
What’s the word?
The Sky Sports reporter believes that Bellingham has been handed the captain’s armband in an attempt to persuade him into committing his future to Dortmund, giving him a taste of what it is like to lead out the team in place of both Marco Reus and Mats Hummels.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Sheth said: “If you saw what happened the other week, yes, Borussia Dortmund did lose to Koln, but the player who was leading them out with the armband was Jude Bellingham. I just wonder whether they’re trying to mould him into that leader, officially.
“It may be another way to tempt him to stay by saying ‘look, give it a little bit more time. You’re still very, very young, you will get that big move. Why don’t you give us another season after this one as well and you’ll be captain of this football club.’ Maybe they’re thinking along those lines.”
A scary thought
This claim from Sheth may come as a worrying one for Liverpool fans, with their current form not helping matters in the slightest.
Having opted to bide their time in their pursuit of Bellingham, with reports suggesting that they will make a move for the 19-year-old next summer, the Reds may now be questioning whether they still have the allure to attract a player of his calibre and ambition.
With consistent development and regular minutes in Germany’s top flight and the Champions League, there may be no urgency for the England captaincy to leave Dortmund, while his recent captaincy could make him feel even more valued at the club.
Had Liverpool moved for the 19-year-old in the summer, the situation could be different. However, amid the Reds’ current demise in the Premier League, Bellingham could be analysing all possible options in great detail, with a move to the Reds not looking quite as attractive now as it may have earlier in 2022.
Waiting for the £83m-valued wonderkid could prove costly for Liverpool, with Dortmund seemingly eager to keep hold of him for as long as possible by handing him the captain’s armband.