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Bookies Slash Odds On Liverpool Signing This La Liga Winger: A Good Option For The Reds?

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According to the latest odds released by the United Kingdom bookmakers (via talkSPORT), Liverpool’s odds to secure the services of Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele has been slashed from 20/1 to 6/1. In a recent interview mentioned by talkSPORT, Oddschecker representative, Callum Wilson shed some light on the latest development and said, “After spurning a golden opportunity to put his side even further ahead in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, Barca fans might not be too fussed about seeing the back of Dembele.

“He’s still classed as one of Europe’s biggest young talents, but with relatively little game time to his name at the top level this would be a risky move for the inevitably hefty fee he’d command.”

Why Liverpool Need To Recruit Dembele

The Reds had lost Daniel Sturridge after the English striker left the club earlier this summer. Thus, Jurgen Klopp would be desperate to bring in a suitable replacement who will be capable of challenging for a starting berth for a place in his first-team next season. Dembele would be a perfect fit for Liverpool’s style of play at Anfield as he can stretch the pitch using his blistering pace on the counter. The French speedster could be an ideal back-up for both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah as he shares similar traits to those wide players.

The La Liga Prospect’s Record For Club And Country

The Barca wing sensation has incredible potential and could be a future star in European football. Dembele featured in a total of 46 matches in the Spanish top-flight thus far, finding the back of the net on 11 occasions while creating 12 assists across all competitions. The 22-year-old has also managed to represent France in 21 international matches and has scored two goals for his nation so far.

What Will The French Winger Bring To Merseyside?

Dembele is one of the fastest players in Europe and is versatile enough to feature on either flank. The Vernon-born talent registered 14 goals and provided nine assists in 42 appearances for the Catalans in the last term in multiple competitions. The French wonderkid can consistently score goals for his team when he is playing with confidence on the pitch.

However, the Barca sensation needs to develop his game and be more productive in the final third if he intends to become a world-class player in his position someday.

Will Dembele Be A Good Option For The Reds?

The acquisition of a player of Dembele’s potential will undoubtedly add more depth to the Liverpool squad. At 22, he is about to embark upon the peak years of his career which the Reds could look to benefit from over the next few seasons. 

Dembele won’t be a guaranteed starter at Anfield, but he might have a better chance of staking a claim for a first-team place at Liverpool than Barcelona. There is no doubt that it will be a massive coup by Liverpool if they can find a way to lure the French winger to the Premier League before the start of the new campaign.

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