News From Liverpool: “I’ll fly to Dortmund!” – Gerrard’s strong case for Bellingham to join Liverpool

Gerrard, who was part of the BT Sport team covering the game at Anfield, was quizzed on Liverpools issues in midfield so far this season.

When asked to single out a player hed like to see join the club to address those problems, he spoke in glowing terms of Bellingham.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is believed to be the Reds top transfer target this year, and Gerrard went as far as to say hed be happy to fly to Dortmund to discuss the move with him!

All he needs to do is send his diary to me when hes got a free day, Gerrard joked.

Ill fly to Dortmund personally, take him out for a nice dinner, and well talk about it!

Gerrard went on to explain why he believes Bellingham is exactly the type of midfielder Liverpool have been lacking.

On the back of the World Cup, what hes doing out in Dortmund. Im a huge fan of him anyway. The way he comes across, the way he speaks about the game. Every time Ive watched him he impresses me.

Hes the obvious one, because I do think that at the moment, now that Henderson has adapted his game and he covers Trent on that right hand side, Thiagos more of a footballer, Fabinho stays, Liverpool are lacking this running No. 8 who can arrive in the box, get you a goal, whose got that power, that burst, who can leave someone for dead.

Bellingham ticks all those boxes. Hes the obvious one, but I think its important we dont become obsessed with one midfielder. Its Liverpool Football Club. Everyone around the world knows that Liverpool will be looking, will be scouting midfielders. Theres a lot of very good midfielders around the world.

With Liverpool struggling for any kind of consistency this season, there have been question marks as to whether a move to Anfield would appeal to Bellingham.

Despite the Reds currently languishing in mid-table, Gerrard is hopeful that Bellingham is bright enough to acknowledge that Liverpool would still be a good place to further his career.

Liverpool are in the middle of the table, but Im sure Judes bright enough to go hang on a minute, theres a stand going up here, its going to be a 60,000 stadium, theyve got one of the best five managers in the world, theyve won the Premier League of late, theyve been in Champions League finals of late, they play very well here, theyve got some fabulous players, they develop players, he said.

It ticks an awful lot of boxes, but Liverpool in the league, right now are in the middle of the table.

Interestingly, Gerrard then explained how he feels its imperative Bellingham returns to the Premier League as he continues to evolve his game.

Real Madrid have also been strongly linked with a move for the Birmingham academy product, but Gerrard feels Bellingham would be at risk of being swallowed up at a big club outside of England.

I think its important he stays in this country, he explained.

Hes 19 years of age. Theyre talking about Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

I know hes doing it in Dortmund now, but those clubs are at a higher level than Dortmund. You can get swallowed up, theres a lot of world stars. You can get swallowed up by making the move too soon.

In my opinion, staying around England, staying around this country, getting developed. Theres growth in him, he can evolve. I think staying in England until he hits his peak years is very important for the boy now.