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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham is the exact type of player Liverpool should be targeting and would make a ‘great signing’ for the club.

That’s according to John Barnes, who also told Stats Perform that he thinks the Reds missed a trick by not bringing in Yves Bissouma, who has now signed for Tottenham.

Liverpool have already been active this window, having added Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho to their attack to make up for the loss of Sadio Mane, who joined from Bayern Munich.

Jurgen Klopp’s side continue to be linked with a range of other players, with Dortmund star and England international Bellingham a rumored target.

Bellingham has had a big impact on the Bundesliga giants since joining from Birmingham City two seasons ago, and Barnes would like to see him return to English football.

“I think he’s a fantastic player,” Barnes said of Bellingham. “Another player that I like to have thought would have suited Liverpool, but went to Tottenham, is Yves Bissouma.

“Obviously he’s not there anymore because he’s gone to Tottenham, but he’s the model of the type of midfielder we want.

“A hard-working midfielder, probably more defensive than attacking, who maybe doesn’t score many goals but works hard, wins the ball, gets it to the front three quickly.

“Jude Bellingham is similar [to Bissouma]. He probably has a bit more quality on the ball. He’s English, he’s young, he would be a fantastic signing for us.

“But that probably won’t happen this year. Hopefully next season we can make that signing.”

Despite still being 18, Bellingham has started 44 games for Dortmund in all competitions in the 2021-22 season, four more than any other player.

He also racked up 15 senior caps for England and became the youngest player to represent his country in a major tournament at last year’s Euro 2020.

While speculation over Bellingham’s future looks set to continue, Liverpool have already spent big on signing Nunez from Benfica.

The Uruguay international has featured in the Primeira Liga and the Champions League and will help fill the void left by Mane’s move to Bayern.

Nunez joins Liverpool having scored 48 goals in 85 appearances for Benfica in total, finishing top scorer in the Portuguese top flight in the 2021-22 campaign with 26 goals.

But while Liverpool may have spent £64m (€75m) to sign the striker, with a further £21.4m in potential add-ons, Barnes believes he will need time to settle down. ‘adapt.

“He’s coming to a new country, he’s young, he’s coming to new environments and a new team, you have to give him time,” Barnes said.

“Now if he’s like [Diogo] Jota, for example, he hits the ground running, that’s a bonus, but I don’t expect him to come in and suddenly become part of the team.

“We’ve seen times when players, like [Roberto] Firmino, for example, took time to adapt. Thiago [Alcantara] is another that took a while to adapt.

“I think they’ve done their homework and know they can fit it into the model of what they actually want.

“But I don’t expect him all of a sudden to be the best player in the team and everything to go well.

“Jurgen Klopp has done his homework and will feel he can get the best out of him as part of the team, so I expect him to do it in time.”


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