10 Jan 2017

Sturridge Beware? Liverpool 2nd favourites to sign 'magnificent' £30m sensation before the transfer deadline

Liverpool are reportedly still in the race to sign one of the SPL's top strikers.

Last month, Sky Sports claimed that the Reds are planning a January 'offer' for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele:

"Liverpool are ready to splash out on Celtic hotshot Moussa Dembele in January".

According to Sky Bet today, Liverpool are currently second favourites (after West Ham) to sign Dembele this month.

Dembele was linked with Liverpool back in July, but he ultimately ended up signing for ex-Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, who insisted this week that Dembele is going nowhere:

"It (a transfer) won’t be January for Moussa. It is the clever ones who put themselves on a pathway to perform, knowing the rewards will come if they keep on producing.”

Reds legend Jamie Carragher is a fan, and in a recent column for the Daily Mail, he described the youngster as 'magnificent', and enthused:

"Brendan Rodgers has unearthed a gem. Celtic are going to struggle to keep him but if they do eventually sell him, then it is going to be for a fee 20 or 30 times more than their initial outlay".

Dembele reportedly cost Celtic £1m, which means that he could - according to Carra - be worth £30m by his next transfer. Such a massive fee increase sounds unlikely, but given the ridiculous fees paid for similar players over the last few years, it's not beyond the realm of possibility.

That said, the praise for Dembele should be tempered by the fact he's playing at an inferior level in the SPL, and although he's grabbed 24 goals/assists in 36 games so far this season (one every 102 minutes), his goal stats - on closer inspection - are not that impressive:

* SPL: 9 goals in 20 games (one every 144 mins)

* All Comps: 19 goals in 36 games (One every 129 mins)

It should also be noted that Dembele has only scored in 6 of his 20 SPL games, which means he hasn't scored in 14 games, and failed to find the net against the likes of Partick Thistle, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, and Hamilton Academicals.

To be honest, I'd expect a greater goal return in the SPL for a player who'll possibly cost £20m-£30m. If he can't score regularly against the minnows of the SPL, what are the chances of him doing the business (consistently) in the Premier League?


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