Glen Johnson claims that Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham would be better off joining Liverpool than any other Premier League club.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have also been linked with the 18-year-old, but when asked which team Bellingham should join, Johnson said a switch to Anfield would be the most beneficial to his career:
“I’d probably say Liverpool. Even though Liverpool do have superstar players, they also have a smaller squad and they don’t have those superstar players sitting on their bench banging the door down, so it’s easier to keep the squad happy. If Jude was to make the move to Liverpool then I believe they can nurture him better than his other suitors and will give him more time as that’s what he will need.”
“If he were to go to Chelsea or Manchester City and didn’t perform straight away then the pressure would be immediately on him and he would be stepped aside and somebody else would come in and take his place. Liverpool’s smaller squad would help him in that sense.”
Liverpool are said to be keeping track of Bellingham’s development at Dortmund, with some rumours even claiming that the Reds would be prepared to pay as much as £80m for the England international.
Whether the teenager will be on the move next summer, though, it is not certain. Reports coming out of Germany suggest that Dortmund are not willing to let both Erling Haaland and Bellingham leave in the same year.
Bellingham, for his part, has expressed his admiration for Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard in the past, so he could be tempted by a switch back to England but it remains to be seen whether a formal bid will be launched at the end of the season.