Liverpool have told rival club they could buy £120m star to show Klopp ‘we have the power’

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Gabby Agbonlahor believes Jurgen Klopp’s comments about Manchester City were born out of ‘frustration’ and he thinks Pep Guardiola’s side could steer Jude Bellingham away from the Merseyside club, as he told talkSPORT on Wednesday morning (19/22).

The former Premier League striker believes that because Liverpool ‘don’t have the money’ to buy the Borussia Dortmund star for £120million, those at Manchester City will do it anyway to show their rivals “we have the power”.

This all stems from Klopp expressing how no one can compete with the three Gulf state owned clubs, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain due to their financial might and power.

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And sky sports report that the Reds, who face West Ham United in a Premier League game on Wednesday night at Anfield, have now filed a complaint against a publication after they reported the comments were ‘bordering on xenophobia’.

Everyone wants the best players, not the elite clubs, because someone like Bellingham, who is perhaps the best teenage footballer in Europe today, will be in the middle of a transfer fight, sooner rather than later.

Agbonlahor reacted to Klopp’s comments and also explained where the 19-year-old England star could end up in the near future as his stock continues to rise.

“I don’t think he was trying to fan the fire,” Agbonlahor said. “I think it’s frustrating that maybe in future transfer windows he doesn’t have the money to buy a Bellingham for £120m.

“What if I was Manchester City, and they probably will, is go buy Bellingham. Gundogan is in his thirties. They might think ‘yes, we will buy Bellingham because we have the power and we want it in our club and not in yours’.”

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EVERYBODY NEEDS BELLINGHAM

Liverpool fans have been clamoring for a player like Bellingham for a number of windows now, but the club just haven’t pushed the boat out trying to sign him.

While on paper Manchester City don’t need a player like Bellingham, it can’t be ruled out that they would still likely try to sign him next summer.

At the end of the day, when current champions England beat the British record transfer fee to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for £100m, at the time they didn’t need the carrier ball expert.

But as Man City discovered this summer, with the departures of Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling, it is better to be proactive in the market than reactive.

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