Jamie Redknapp picks the dream player he wants Liverpool to sign

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has named the dream player he wants the Reds to sign in the near future.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side got their 2022/23 Premier League season off to a difficult start against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday. After a poor first half, Liverpool went into the break 1-0 down. Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s goal was the difference.

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The Reds were brighter in the second half, and substitute Darwin Nunez forced a fine save from Marek Rodak after a deft flick.

He then repeated the move minutes later. From a Mohamed Salah cross, the Uruguayan expertly guided the ball into the back of the net to level the scores, and net his first Premier League goal.

After their equaliser, it was expected that Liverpool would take control. Instead, however, it was Fulham that retook the lead. Mitrovic won a contentious penalty inside the area, for which the Serbian stepped up and converted beyond Alisson.

Salah rescued a point for Klopp’s side with a neat finish from close range, but it was a disappointing opening weekend for Liverpool.

Liverpool’s woes deepen with Thiago injury

During the Fulham game, Liverpool had another concern when Thiago was substituted due to what appeared to be a hamstring injury early in the second half.

The Reds currently have a number of issues in the midfield area. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones are both injured, whilst Naby Keita is ill.

However, Klopp is not concerned about the depth of Liverpool’s squad – and says the signing of a midfielder would have to make long-term sense.

He told BT Sport: “Nobody could imagine that Curtis gets the thing he gets. It’s nothing serious, but he is a young boy, and it is a kind of stress reaction. Bodies are like this.

“Naby is only ill, and he will now be back definitely next week again. Oxlade happened early, and now with Thiago, which is, of course, not good, and we will see.

“Look, a transfer must make sense now and in the long-term. We have midfielders. We have still enough midfielders. It is not that we lack midfielders, but it’s just some of them are injured. This is not a good situation. I don’t like it at all. But we have to see how we react on that – for sure, not panicking.”

Jamie Redknapp names the player he wants Liverpool to sign

Speaking to Sporf during a Sky Sports media day on Thursday, former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp responded to a question on a dream signing he would like any Premier League club to make this summer.

Redknapp opted for his old playing club, and named a young midfielder that has earned plenty of plaudits in recent years.

He explained: “I’d love to see Liverpool get Jude Bellingham. That would be one. Certainly Liverpool, in time, Milner has been brilliant. Obviously, Jordan Henderson is still a great player for Liverpool.

“But Bellingham at Liverpool would be one that I would like.”

Redknapp also spoke about the character and attitude of Bellingham as a key reason why Liverpool should sign the Borussia Dortmund and former Birmingham City midfielder.

“I think he’s got a good family around him,” he said. “He’s made really good, smart decisions. They’ve made a very smart, astute move to go to a club like Dortmund, obviously learn another language and with guarantees of playing football.

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“I think that was something that his parents said from the outset – whoever takes him, he has to be playing. So he went to Dortmund, and he got into the first team.

“We’re going to have the finished article in the Premier League in a couple of years. If he’d have stayed here, he might have gone to Liverpool, he might not have played as much when he was 16 or 17. But right now, he’s going to come back, hopefully next season or maybe in January, as one of the best midfielders in the world. Great player.”

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