Liverpool tipped to replicate Virgil van Dijk and Alisson signings with massive transfer

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Liverpool have been backed to spend big on Borussia Dortmund sensation Jude Bellingham – just like they did on Virgil van Dijk and Alisson. Van Dijk and Alisson remain Liverpool’s two most-expensive signings of all time. The Holland defender cost £75million, whereas the Brazil goalkeeper was £66.8m.

The duo have been huge successes for Liverpool, playing a big part in their Champions League and Premier League glory in recent seasons.

Bundesliga expert Kevin Hatchard claims Liverpool reserve spending huge transfer fees for “transformational signings” such as Van Dijk and Alisson.

He reckons Bellingham can be that type of signing for the Reds, who have been linked with the player’s signature.

The 18-year-old has shone for Borussia Dortmund so far this season, scoring two and assisting two in his nine appearances.

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“I think what Liverpool have shown they’ll do is spend big money on transfers on what they feel are transformational signings,” Hatchard told talkSPORT.

“They brought in Alisson and that’s been transformational because he’s a top class goalkeeper.

“You only have to look at how they went out to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League a couple of seasons ago when he wasn’t there to show how important that is. That made a massive difference.

“We know about Van Dijk and what a transformational signing that’s been.

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“I think in terms of the football club going forward, he [Bellingham] would be in a similar bracket.

“Van Dijk was a bit more proven and Alisson was too but in terms of potential and what he [Bellingham] would bring to the club, I think a massive outlay would be fine.”

Bellingham rejected interest from Manchester United in the summer of 2020 to join Dortmund.

Hatchard does not think the teenager would struggle to adapt to the Premier League if he were to return to England with Liverpool.

“There’s a gap in terms of the overall quality of the league,” he added.

“There’s a gap in the pace of play, it’s a little quicker – not lightning years quicker.

“It’s a little more physical but what I like about Bellingham more than anything else is that he’s always up for a fight. He won’t be intimidated and he’s quite happy to give a bit of chat.

“He’s quite happy to give someone a nudge or a tackle if he thinks that’ll help in the psychological war.

“He’s got all those attributes already, so it’s not some kind of callow youth who’s going to come into the league and be taken by surprise.”

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