Liverpool have ‘three As’ summer transfer plan which explains Jude Bellingham U-turn

Liverpool’s reasoning for pulling out of the running for Jude Bellingham has emerged.

Liverpool have a specific summer transfer plan which is behind the reason they did not pursue Jude Bellingham. Reports claim Reds transfer chiefs are using the “three As” when investigating targets for Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool have already been busy by bringing in Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton. The Argentina star has signed a long-term contract after his £35million release clause was activated.

Liverpool will pay up to a further £20m in performance-related add-ons for Mac Allister. He is expected to be the first of a number of midfield recruits in this window.

Bellingham was widely reported to be a top target for Liverpool this summer. However, it emerged towards the end of the season that the Merseysiders had distanced themselves from the England teenage sensation.

Bellingham is set to join Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund for an initial fee of around £88.5m, which could rise to £115m. Liverpool decided that was too much out of their summer budget.

The Athletic reports that Liverpool are using the ‘three As’ of ability, availability and affordability to guide their business. Bellingham has the ability and clearly was available but did not fit the final aspect of the three-part criteria for Reds chiefs.

Klopp wants to sign multiple midfielders as well as being open to improve in other areas of the pitch. Mac Allister ticked all of the boxes, hence why a deal has been swiftly completed.

Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram could be the next player through the door at Anfield. The young Frenchman would be available for considerably less than the fee Real are paying for Bellingham.

After reports in April that Liverpool had pulled out of the running for Bellingham, Klopp addressed the matter when speaking at a press conference. He insisted the former Birmingham ace wasn’t a realistic option for his club, purely due to financial reasons.

Klopp said: “There’s nothing to say about it to be honest. If we don’t speak about players we sign or not, why would we now speak about this kind of speculation and this kind of news? It’s really nothing to say about.

“It’s not about Jude Bellingham my answer now – why do we constantly talk about things we theoretically can’t have? We cannot have six players in the summer for £100m [each], for example, everybody would say that’s clear.

“You have to realise what you can do and then work with that. How much money do we have available and then work with that.”