Jude Bellingham transfer could be determined by signing Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City

Liverpool are growing confident of beating Manchester City to sign Jude Bellingham, although that won’t happen until next summer.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are determined to close the narrow gap they have on rivals City, having missed out on the Premier League title by a point last season.

Klopp’s new number one target is now Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham but, with the Bundesliga side typically selling just one star a year, that move won’t be happening anytime soon.

Dortmund have already sold Erling Haaland to City in the summer, but it’s another signing that could ultimately prevent the champions from signing Bellingham.

According the sunLiverpool are growing confident of beating their rivals to sign the 18-year-old thanks to the expected signing of Pep Guardiola from Kalvin Phillips.

Bellingham is expected to leave Dortmund next summer. Image: Alamy

The Leeds United defensive midfielder is set to move to the Pennines for around £45million, after being linked with Manchester United.

With so much depth already in the center of the field and the addition of the England international, it makes a move from City to Bellingham less likely.

The quality of the teenager is such that he would no doubt still be interested, but Liverpool’s greater need to freshen up their midfield in a year’s time would make them a more desirable destination.

Kalvin Phillips will almost certainly move to City this summer.  Image: Alamy
Kalvin Phillips will almost certainly move to City this summer. Image: Alamy

Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson, who both started defeats in the Champions League final, are both in their thirties, while midfield partner Fabinho is 28.

Having already improved his defense a lot and updated his strike force, with the additions of Nunez and Luis Diaz in recent months, mid-park is Klopp’s next priority.

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