Jude Bellingham has just dropped a massive tease to Jurgen Klopp amid Liverpool transfer links
Liverpool transfer target Jude Bellingham scored in England’s 6-2 victory over Iran at the 2022 World Cup.
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Of course, Kopites want those from the Reds squad to do well when they feature. In Qatar, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are in Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad. Neither featured in England's routine 6-2 Group B curtain-raiser victory over Iran in Doha.
But keeping track of Jude Bellingham is a significant reason why those of Liverpool persuasion may just have more of an England interest in this World Cup.
The midfielder is hugely admired by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp. Bellingham's expected to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, although he won't be short of suitors. Real Madrid and Manchester City are also said to be in the chase for arguably the best teenager in the world.
Certainly, midfield is an area that Liverpool need to strengthen. There was strong clamour the Reds should have recruited in the middle of the park last summer. Klopp eventually agreed but by that time it was too late. Liverpool have to settle with Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus. He’s now injured long-term.
Bellingham would improve Klopp’s side, no doubt. And how he opened the scoring for England against Iran with a powering, craning header from inside the area is something the Reds require desperately.
Goals from midfield have been paucity for Liverpool. Harvey Elliott has bagged three times this season, while Fabio Carvalho has two.
Yet Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and James Milner have all failed to find the target. In addition, Curtis Jones has yet to net, although he's not long come back from injury along with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Naby Keita, meanwhile, hasn't played since the Community Shield.
And although Elliott and Carvalho have five between them, none of those efforts were headers. In fairness, that's not a big surprise as they're both slight, diminutive figures.
Darwin Nunez has displayed his aerial prowess since arriving in the summer. He’s scored emphatic headers against West Ham and Ajax - as well as a deft diving effort against Manchester City in the Community Shield.
But given the crossing ability of full-backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, there's an argument that Liverpool could be more prolifi that way. Bellingham would augment such a threat.
It wasn't just the 19-year-old’s goal that impressed against Iran, though. He was England's best player. His raking pass led to Raheem Sterling's goal before a splitting pass into Callum Wilson then yielded England's sixth via Jack Grealish.
Overall, Bellingham completed 100% of his dribbles, made 92 passes (and 97% completion rate), won all three of his tackes and six ground duels. It was a complete performance. A performance that will keep Liverpool fans who usually have a tepid attitude towards England interested.