Liverpool could therefore wait a couple of years for Bellingham to become available, just like United did in their pursuit of Sancho.
Klopp has been frustrated at suggestions that he should have signed a midfielder in the summer. Defender Ibrahima Konate was Liverpool’s only major arrival.
The German head coach asked journalists to name the player they thought he should add to his squad.
“He (Wijnaldum) was the most consistently available player. I don’t think you have to hide the relationship I had with Gini and how much I love his way of play and how reliable he was. But he’s not here anymore,” Klopp said before the end of the transfer window.