What’s the word?
The journalist is convinced that Klopp would love to bring either one of the England internationals to Anfield in the January transfer window, but feels as though he will have to wait until the summer to sign either player.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, O’Rourke said: “In an ideal world, I’m sure Jurgen Klopp would love the opportunity to go out there and buy a marquee player like Declan Rice or Jude Bellingham.
“But it’s going to be a very hard deal to do in the January transfer window, even if you’re offering big money, because the two selling clubs aren’t going to want to lose their best players in the January transfer window.
“I think if Liverpool are to make a big signing, it’ll have to probably wait until the summer transfer window.”
Ambitious, but needed
Despite overcoming Manchester City in what was a must-win game for Klopp’s side, the Liverpool boss is most certainly in need of reinforcements, and quality ones at that.
James Milner and Harvey Elliott were two starters on Sunday that a team of Liverpool’s stature should not be relying on, as steady as they were, in a must-win game against the Premier League Champions.
Of course, injuries have haunted the side once again this season, but greater depth is required in any case, with upgrades in the midfield surely too tempting for the Reds given Liverpool’s current position of eighth place in the Premier League.
As O’Rourke states, a move for either player in January is unlikely, with neither West Ham or Borussia Dortmund resided to lose their respective star men halfway through the season.
Should Liverpool move for either asset in the summer, there is no doubt that their engine room would indeed be bolstered.
In Bellingham, we are talking about Borussia Dortmund’s brightest spark once more this season, with his progressive nature within his average of 2.4 successful dribbles per 90, as well as his total of ten chances created in the Bundesliga, serving as a real boost for Der BVB.
The 19-year-old has of course staked his claim as a key man in the Champions League too, scoring four goals in as many games with a solitary assist to boot.
Rice is another engine room booster and serves as the string puller in the West Ham midfield, averaging around 50 passes per 90, with 3.8 long balls per game also. His maturity will be another big lure for Klopp, asserting himself as the Hammers captain at the age of 23, having also battled setbacks as a youth from Chelsea, to get to where he is now.