Jude Bellingham has already summed up Liverpool and Man City difference after transfer decision

Jude Bellingham has already summed up Liverpool and Man City difference after transfer decision

In the grand transfer race for Jude Bellingham, it looks like neither Liverpool nor Manchester City will come out on top.

For Liverpool, it was a case of withdrawing from the pursuit when the extent of the required investment in the team became clear. FSG could not purchase the cherry without having the cake. The fear at Anfield was surely that this would open the door to Manchester City, but Real Madrid appears set to secure Bellingham’s signature.

This is undoubtedly the lesser of two evils. The prospect of Bellingham and Erling Haaland being reunited at Manchester City was sickening, and would have made it far more difficult for Liverpool to plot a route back to genuine competitiveness with Pep Guardiola’s side. Even so, the way the saga has panned out has still underlined the daunting task ahead.

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It’s not news that Liverpool does not have the spending power of many of its rivals, least of all Manchester City. But the stark choice faced over Bellingham, a long-time priority target, really encapsulated the difference.

Unfortunately, it boiled down to either holistically improving the Liverpool squad or capturing the star player. Doing both was never an option, and the unanticipated scale of the decline in Jürgen Klopp’s team ultimately meant shelving the Bellingham plan.

While this is very disappointing, it’s not an inherently bad thing to have to do. Running a football club is about prioritizing, and Liverpool has masterfully conducted transfer business over much of the FSG era, maximizing the available resources.

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