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‘Liverpool should hijack big Arsenal transfer for Bellingham alternative’
Liverpool are expected to spend heavily in revitalising their midfield after a disappointing campaign where their lack of investment and depth in the middle of the park was on display throughout.
Bellingham was expected to be Liverpool’s top target this summer but Dortmund’s asking price of more than £100 million has prompted Jurgen Klopp’s side to seemingly pull out of the race despite having positioned themselves as frontrunners for his signature.
When asked what Liverpool should do if they cannot get the best, Owen replied: “Go and get the next best, try to get Rice or get someone else who is of a top standard.
“All of this "just buy and get rid of players", I don't get it and it's music to my ears that someone else has said the same.”
Liverpool set for midfield revamp
Liverpool had been reluctant to spend heavily in midfield in recent years, hinting that they were conserving their resources on a move for Bellingham, who is believed to be keen on a move to Anfield.
The Reds opted only to bring in Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus last summer, a move which ultimately backfired, with the Brazilian playing just 13 minutes due to injury.
Consequently, Klopp has been forced to rely Jordan Henderson and Fabinho as his main midfield duo, with Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thiago Alcantara all injured for significant parts of the season.
Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner are expected to leave Liverpool in the summer when their contracts expire, meaning the club are looking to bring in multiple midfielders to replace them.
Rice is thought to be Arsenal’s top priority, with the West Ham captain entering the final year of his contract, but a move is not thought to be advanced, meaning Liverpool could swoop in and beat their rivals to the punch if they chose to do so.