Norwich 0-3 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp reaction
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Liverpool have been linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham in recent weeks, with the Anfield club apparently keen to bring the teenage sensation back to England. But a move for the midfielder may not materialise as Jurgen Klopp is reported to have ‘inhibitions’ about signing players from his former club.
Klopp was in charge of Dortmund for seven years between 2008 and 2015 before he became Liverpool manager.
During his time at Signal Iduna Park, the 54-year-old won the Bundesliga twice and took Dortmund to the final of the Champions League.
But he departed the club after a disappointing 2014/15 campaign, where the side remarkably spent much of the season battling relegation.
The German has gone on to become one of the best managers in Europe since moving to Merseyside.
He won the Champions League and the Club World Cup in 2019, before steering the Reds to their first ever Premier League trophy in 2020.
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Klopp has made a plethora of top signings as Liverpool boss, bringing the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk to the club.
But he has never signed a player from Borussia Dortmund. According to Bild, Liverpool are ‘very interested’ in Bellingham but Klopp is reluctant to raid his former employers.
If Klopp doesn’t change his stance, he could miss out on one of the most talented midfielders of this generation.
Bellingham was a standout player for Dortmund last season, racking up 29 Bundesliga appearances and playing in 10 Champions League games.
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At the tender age of 18, he has already won eight caps for England and was part of Gareth Southgate’s squad that reached the final of Euro 2020.
Amazingly, Bellingham played 41 Championship games for Birmingham City before his move to Germany after making his debut for the west Midlands side just weeks after his 16th birthday.
Bellingham is thought to be very content at Dortmund but a move to Liverpool could prove too tempting to turn down.
“I have always said that the day I feel that I am no longer the perfect coach for this extraordinary club I will say that,” Klopp admitted as he announced his departure from Dortmund six years ago.
“Because of the unusual relationship I have with this club, the trust we have for each other, it was my duty to tell the club.
“We reached the decision together. You can’t imagine how difficult it is when you have something so wonderful as here.
“We were able to create a wonderful piece of history. It’s very unusual for a story to last seven years in football. I will miss every single person here and that feeling will only grow with time.”
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