Liverpool captain praises Bellingham: ‘Miles ahead of where I was at 18’

Jude Bellingham - Borussia Dortmund

Liverpool captain and England international Jordan Henderson has praised Jude Bellingham, saying the midfielder has ‘all the attributes to be a top player’. Bellingham was rewarded with a starting position and played alongside Henderson as England ran out 4-0 winners over Andorra in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier. According to the Liverpudlian Bellingham is ‘miles’ ahead of where he was at 18-years-old.

“He’s a fantastic player,” said Henderson. “Even at such a young age he shows fantastic maturity on and off the field. You can see how hungry he is to be a top player and has all the attributes to do that. I was trying to help as much as I could but to be honest he is a top player who has shown that in the big games for Dortmund. I see him going from strength to strength all the time.”

“Even at such a young age he looks ready to play in the big games. I watch him for Dortmund and the way he performs is outstanding. He showed again what he can bring. A year down the line he is only going to get better so he could have a big influence.” Bellingham joined Dortmund last summer in a transfer worth around €25m.

“He is miles ahead of me when I was that age,” Henderson continued his praise for Bellingham. “But for me I’d say for him to just keep doing what he’s doing. Keep working hard every day in training, stay focused on what you want to achieve. He’s already got that and good people around him. Just keep your feet on the ground and concentrate on football. If he does that and stays fit he’ll be a top player. He already is a top player but he’ll go from strength to strength in the next years.”

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