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Liverpool would be the best fit for highly-rated youngster Jude Bellingham, says former England right-back Glen Johnson. Bellingham had an impressive first season in Germany, which saw him make 46 appearances and score four goals for Borussia Dortmund, after making the £25million switch from Birmingham City last July.
And Bellingham has followed that up in the current campaign, where he has been an influential figure in the middle of the park for Marco Rose’s side.
The 18-year-old has attracted interest from some of European football’s biggest clubs and has been linked with a move to the Premier League next summer.
Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are all rumoured to be interested in the England midfielder.
When asked which club would be the best fit for Bellingham, Johnson opted for one of his former clubs.
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“I’d probably say Liverpool,” Johnson told BettingOdds.com.
“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 was 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.
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“Liverpool’s smaller squad would help him in that sense.”
According to a report in The Sun last month, United are leading the race to sign Bellingham, despite the midfielder snubbing a move to Old Trafford last summer.
Bellingham met Sir Alex Ferguson at United’s training ground where he was given a tour by the former United boss, but chose to move to Dortmund instead.
“To be fair, it was a decision that was quite easy in the end,” Bellingham said on snubbing United.
“I think if you look at Dortmund’s track record with young players and the way they develop them, it was the obvious answer.
“Obviously at the time it’s hard to see it like that because you’ve got so many other options. But my strength of character, I’d probably say it comes from my parents and stuff.
“In terms of the decision I made, I had all their support throughout the whole way so I was quite comfortable in making it.”
Bellingham is currently away on international duty with England, where they will face Andorra on Saturday, before taking on Hungary on Tuesday at Wembley.
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