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​Agent claims Liverpool made attempt to sign BVB whizkid Bellingham

Liverpool made an attempt to sign Borussia Dortmund and England youngster Jude Bellingham.

The 17-year-old, who has impressed in his first senior games in the Bundesliga this season, was a hot property in the summer.

He was wanted by Manchester United and Chelsea, but he rejected their interest to go to Germany from Birmingham City.

And according to agent Philip Degen, a former Liverpool full back, the Reds were in line to sign Bellingham.

Degen, who works for a group of agents called SBE Management, told the Liverpool Echo: "It is one of the biggest victories for Dortmund [to sign Bellingham] because the challenge to get this player was very, very high and they had to fight for months.

"I know his agent, and I am a very good friend of him, and I know which kind of fight it was - every top club in Europe wanted to sign him.

"Dortmund made this challenge and they won it and it is the right step for me to get to a big star. Dortmund have shown before that they can develop players to a higher level and they can do very big steps, so it was the right decision.

"Real, Barca, AC Milan, Inter, AS Roma, Bayern Munich, Dortmund - all the top teams in England, especially Man United - and when you see the fight for this boy, it was massive.

"Even between the agents - and I know Mark, his agent very well - and I really like when people have a straight mind and they never forget from where they are coming.

"It was the right decision and the right move - that is clear."

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