20 Mar 2017

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool want 'fantastic' €70m attacker who held secret talks with Klopp. Formal approach made in 2016

Liverpool are reportedly considering an improbable summer raid on Borussia Dortmund for one of the club's most coveted attacking players.

In April 2016, Liverpool reportedly made a 'formal approach' for 'fantastic' BVB star Ousmane Dembele, with Klopp following up with one-to-one phone calls in a bid to entice Dembele to Anfield. Now, according to The Mirror:

"Jurgen Klopp is trying to land Ousmane Dembele, and Klopp is refusing to give up hope of luring the striker to Liverpool. The Reds will try to beat Barca and other suitors to the punch".

Last month, Dembele admitted:

"I saw Klopp in Paris [last summer] but I’d already decided to join Dortmund".

Some info about Dembele:

* Left-winger, who can also play on the right, or as an attacking midfielder. Current contract expires: 2021

* Dortmund: 23 goals/assists in 36 apps (One every 104 mins).

* Oct 2013: Dembele enthused: "My main qualities are dribbling and speed. I have one role model, and that is Barcelona's Neymar".

* Feb 2016: Rennes sporting director Mikael Silvestre:“Ousmane reminds me of a young Ronaldo. I’m going to go out on a limb, but he could win the Ballon d’Or.”

Dembele is having a stellar first season at BVB, and his creative output is superior to *every* Liverpool player, including Mane, Lallana, Coutinho, and Firmino. Whether he can replicate his form in the Premier League is open to debate, but it's galling that a teenager is having more of a creative impact than Liverpool's older, more experienced international players.

Dembele made the right decision to reject Liverpool. He's a regular for Dortmund, but it's doubtful he'd have played so regularly at Anfield. The closest comparison is Divock Origi, and he barely starts games. Plus, why would Dortmund sell one of their most creative players after just one year at the club?

* €70m-rated (CIES Football Observatory). Hailed by Rennes sporting director Mikael Silvestre as a 'young Ronaldo'.


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