Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool will not be pursuing Jude Bellingham this summer. The England midfielder is one of the hot topics for the summer transfer window as the Borussia Dortmund star is wanted by several big clubs. Liverpool had been working on a possible deal for Bellingham, but Klopp has now admitted that the Reds will not be signing the midfielder this summer.
Asked about the transfer, Klopp told Friday’s press conference: “There’s nothing to say about it to be honest. If we don’t speak about players we are signing or not signing, why would we now speak about this kind of speculation? Really nothing to say. It’s not about Jude Bellingham. I never understood why we constantly talk about things we theoretically cannot have.”
“We cannot have six players in the summer where everybody is £100m, for example. You have to realise what you can do, and they you have to work with it. ‘How much money do we have available?’, and then you have to work with that. That’s the job we have to do.” Dortmund are expected to demand at least €150 million for Bellingham and that has left Manchester City and Real Madrid as the most likely candidates to sign Bellingham,
Klopp continued: “We are not children. Ask a five-year-old what they want for Christmas and they’ll say a Ferrari. You wouldn’t say that’s a good idea. It’s too expensive, and anyway you can’t even drive it. That’s how it is. If this kid is then unhappy his whole life because he cannot get a Ferrari, that would be a really sad life. It’s just what can you do, and then you work with that.”