By Noel Whelan

18th Jun, 2022 | 6:59am

Jude Bellingham expected to be next 'big-money' Liverpool signing after update - pundit

Noel Whelan has tipped Liverpool to make Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham their next “big-money” signing.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 18-year-old would be the “perfect” addition to the Reds’ midfield.

The Times (16 June) claim Liverpool will prioritise the signing of a midfielder in 2023, with Calvin Ramsay their last signing this summer.

As revealed by Football Insider (21 April), the Merseyside giants made an approach to sign Bellingham this year but Dortmund knocked back their enquiry.

Whelan suggested the Reds would continue to pursue the teenage star as their “next big target”.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I don’t think there’s no money in the bank. I think it’s there. It’s whether you can get that player.

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“We’re looking at Haaland leaving Dortmund to Man City. We know for a fact that Dortmund don’t lose two big players in one window. Bellingham, you would like to think that he is the perfect fit for player and for club. That is probably their next big target, so to speak.

“If you’re going to spend a lot of money, it’s going to be in that midfield area. I think they’ve covered their bases when it comes to wide areas. Next year, you look at the Salah situation.

“How is that going to transform? We don’t know yet, I think probably he’ll probably leave on a free, his last year at Liverpool. Try win the Premier League and go as far as they can in the Champions League.

“The next port of call is that replacement for your Hendersons and the elder statesmen in central midfield with a Bellingham. I think that is where they lay their next big money, in my opinion.”

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