Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has described Chelsea transfer target Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund as an exceptional player.
Chelsea are eager to sign the England international but face competition from Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Klopp told reporters: “I don’t like to always talk about money when we talk about a player like Jude. I think everybody agrees he’s just exceptional.
“I imagine somebody who has no clue about football, or who didn’t watch it for a while, if you asked them ‘how old do you think Jude Bellingham is?’ nobody would get even close! They’d say ‘28, 29’ or whatever, because he’s that mature.
“He played an exceptional World Cup. Exceptional. He’s good at so many things and has to improve in so many other things, but if I had to describe him I would say that the things he can do already are difficult to learn, and the things has has to improve are easy to learn. That makes him a really good player!”
He added: “I’m not saying anything new. I thought that for two or three years since he broke through at Dortmund. But I have no idea what [his World Cup performances] does for the money side of it.
“I just think that if you, from an English point of view, want to do him a favour, just don’t talk too much about money, don’t throw too many hurdles in his way. That would be really cool, wherever he ends up!”