Liverpool may have dodged a bullet as reports claim Borussia Dortmund players are happy that the midfielder has left the club. The Reds were keen on signing the England star but pulled out of the running due to the expense of a potential deal.
Bellingham became an instant star at Dortmund after joining from Birmingham in the summer of 2020. He made 132 appearances in all competitions for the German side despite not turning 20 until after he left the club.
He has grown a reputation as one of the best young midfielders in Europe. Bellingham featured for England at Euro 2020 and played a key role at the World Cup in Qatar late last year.
Liverpool were thought to be one of the frontrunners to sign Bellingham this summer. However, the Merseyside club felt his signing would have not left enough funds to strengthen other areas in their squad.
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He has since joined Real Madrid for an initial fee of £88.5m, which could rise to around £113m with add-ons. But Liverpool may well have dodged a bullet following fresh reports from Germany.
Bild claims that Dortmund players were growing tired of Bellingham’s behaviour at the club. It is reported that his old team-mates are glad to see the back of him.
The report says Bellingham craved being the centre of attention. It is said that the midfielder felt he was overshadowed by Erling Haaland during the 2021/22 campaign so he would wait around after games to applaud supporters on his own rather than with the rest of his team-mates.
Bellingham captained Dortmund on a number of occasions last season as he quickly became a senior figure. But Bild claims fellow players have said that he did not show much leadership.
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It is also reported that Bellingham was often moody and team-mates did not like the way he spoke to them. It is said to have created a bad atmosphere among the squad.
Bild names one occasion where Bellingham is claimed to have insulted Nico Schulz when Dortmund crashed out of the Europa League against Rangers two seasons ago. According to lip readers, Bellingham said to Schulz: “You can’t play a f*****g pass, you’re f*****g s**t! Every damn time!”
It is alleged that this was a common occurrence and that Bellingham also insulted players during his final season at the club. Liverpool may feel lucky that they decided against pursuing Bellingham after hearing these latest reports.
Jurgen Klopp would not want a disruptive player coming into his squad as he attempts to rebuild his midfield. The Reds have so far spent money on Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai and will look to sign at least one more midfielder before the end of the summer window.
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