JUDE BELLINGHAM has been urged not to join Manchester City and instead join Liverpool who are a “perfect” fit.
Bellingham’s strong form for Borussia Dortmund has helped him secure a spot for England at the World Cup – and in your fan voted best England XI for Qatar.
However, Danny Murphy does not believe this means he would be guaranteed a spot in Man City’s midfield if he were to join them.
Instead, Murphy believes the best step Bellingham could take once he decides to leave Dortmund is to seal a switch to either Liverpool or Real Madrid.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Murphy said: “Would he get in any team? At the moment I don’t think he would get in every team, no.
“So I think for him it’s a case of, does he want to go and play every week? Probably, because he’s used to playing. Or, does he want to go somewhere where he’s part of something growing?”
Fellow talkSPORT presenter Simon Jordan suggested Bellingham would be “perfect” for Liverpool, to which Murphy concurred.
The former Liverpool and Fulham star added: “He is (perfect), and he’d play.
“The difference is if he went to City, for example, you could argue at the minute that he probably wouldn’t play.”
City and Liverpool offer differing ideologies – with Pep Guardiola’s obession with controlling and keeping the ball against a more dynamic and “rockstar” style of play in Jurgen Klopp’s gegenpressing.
Regardless, Bellingham is focused on the World Cup and was pictured in England training earlier today as Gareth Southgate prepares the Three Lions for their opening game against Iran.
Bellingham is in red hot form going into the World Cup having scored nine and assisted three goals in 22 games from centre midfield this season.
His dynamism and ability on the ball should offer a strong complement to Declan Rice who is likely to operate as a more traditional anchor for the team.
However, James Maddison cast a gloomy figure as he sat out of training in order to avoid aggravating the knee injury he picked up in his final club game with Leicester.