By Noel Whelan

12th Sep, 2022 | 4:49pm

Liverpool's Jude Bellingham deal could collapse after 'agreement' secured - Whelan

Noel Whelan has claimed a Liverpool “agreement” with Jude Bellingham could evaporate if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Reds will find it hard to sign any “big player” if they can’t finish in the top four.

Football Insider revealed last month (27 August) that Liverpool are making progress on landing Bellingham, 19, following extensive behind-the-scenes talks – and have now reached a verbal “agreement”.

The midfield superstar, who is under contract at Dortmund until June 2025, could join the Merseysiders as early as January 2023.

Liverpool have started this season with just two wins from a possible six league games – and were beaten 4-1 in their first Champions League group game against Napoli (7 September).

When asked if a move for Bellingham could become difficult if Liverpool’s struggles continue, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “Of course.

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“Any big player becomes difficult to sign when you’re not in the Champions League.

“It can be easy to say: ‘Oh, they’ll be in it next year’ – but who is to say they will?

“Right now, they’re just trying to click and work as a unit again – because they’re not looking very together right now.

“They need to get back to winning ways and become that serial winning side again.

“They’ve got talented players all across the pitch – but for some reason, we’re seeing the worst side of Liverpool right now.

“This time without a game has probably done them the world of good. A bit more work in training and hopefully some stern words with the manager.”

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