Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Bundesliga Sensation Open To A Summer Move: Should Liverpool Try To Sign Him?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

After a pretty satisfactory campaign that saw Liverpool finish in the fourth place in the points table and qualify for the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp is already looking to take big strides in the transfer market and wants to add some of the finest players in Europe to his squad this summer. One such player constantly linked with a move to the club is French sensation Ousmane Dembele.

A target for the club in the previous transfer window, Dembele decided to join Borussia Dortmund, Klopp’s previous club and has now grown on to become one of the most exciting stars on show in Europe. With 10 goals and 21 assists in 49 games across all competitions, the 20-year old has already established himself at the highest stage in Germany and is attracting interests from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Capable of playing as a wing-back or also as a lone striker, Dembele is easily one of the most versatile players at the moment in the world of football and he has been impressive in every position he has played in the Bundesliga.

Known for his dribbling abilities, Dembele is a sharp finisher with a keen eye to set up goals for his teammates on a constant basis. He is a goal scorer but his key pass ratio rates him as a better playmaker, in the early part of his career.

Though he still needs to work out on holding up the ball and using his strength in dangerous areas, Dembele is a genuine match winner on his day and Liverpool lack a player of his quality in their squad at the moment.

He still has to work on his aerial contributions but his touch and balance make it easier for him to compete with teams that are strong in the air. He could be a backup for a number of positions in the first team at Anfield and his addition would have genuinely made them a title contender next season.

Liverpool are closing in on Mohamed Salah and have Sadio Mane on the wings. Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi will fight for a place in the first team to lead the side with Roberto Firmino while Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum will interchange roles behind the striker.

This leaves very little place for Dembele at Anfield and as impressive an addition as he can be, Dembele is probably not a stark necessity at the moment for Liverpool.

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