Why Prem giants all want Jude
Jurgen Klopp is telling friends in football that he expects Jude Bellingham to one day become the best midfielder in the world, writes CHARLIE WYETT.
After this brilliant performance — on his first start in a major finals — the outrageously-talented teenager from Birmingham proved his ride to the top could be a lot quicker than anyone expected.
In a remarkable show from England, in an air-conditioned stadium, Bellingham was on fire. No wonder everyone wants to prise him away from Borussia Dortmund next summer, with Real Madrid favourites.
Bellingham announced himself on the world stage with a near-perfect performance. The 19-year-old illustrated he is Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes all rolled into one sensational package.
And on his 18th England appearance, two years after his debut against Ireland, Bellingham scored that first international goal, heading an unstoppable opener in England’s 6-2 win over Iran.
Afterwards, a beaming Bellingham said: “I thought I had missed. It took ages to loop into the goal. It was a great ball from Shawy and I was there to flick it away. It is a proud moment for me.”
At Dortmund during pre-season, Bellingham had been urged by the management team to become more involved in the final third – and has since struck nine times.
But apart from his headed heroics he covered the pitch effortlessly, pressed high, won tackles and also played some killer passes, such as the ball to Harry Kane who crossed for Raheem Sterling to make it 3-0.