With Philippe Coutinho out injured and Sadio Mane heading off to the AFCON, Jurgen Klopp is eyeing up Moussa Dembele as a potential replacement.
Even though Philippe Coutinho is likely to return shortly before or after Sadio Mane jets off to the African Cup of Nations, there will still be a shortage of attacking options for Liverpool when the Senegal attacker leaves.
Many names have been thrown around with the likes of FC Rostov’s Sardar Azmoun and Christian Pulisic linked and now Celtic’s Moussa Dembele has been touted as being a player that could fit in well with Liverpool’s highly fluent attacking outfit.
The Frenchman joined Celtic in the summer and has been an instant hit in the Scottish Premiership and has scored 17 goals in 27 fixtures for Brendan Rodgers’ side. His form has attracted a lot of attention but, having just joined the Scottish side, it’s unlikely he or Celtic are thinking about another move in winter transfer window.
Furthermore, Dembele is guaranteed Champions League football next season whereas there are still some questions about Liverpool’s ability to sustain the level of football that has been on display in the opening 13 games of the season. If he did join, however, he would boost the Reds’ chances of playing in Europe’s elite next season as well as the title race that is on between Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal.
Dembele is currently earning £15,000-a-week and Glasgow Live report that Jurgen Klopp is willing to boost his wage significantly to around £60,000-a-week. The Scottish news outlet also report that Klopp has had his scouts watch Dembele on five separate occasions and the German coach has received very positive reports on the Frenchman’s playing ability.
Apparently, Dembele is happy to remain at Celtic with bids from Spurs and Arsenal already rejected because the player wants to be the number one centre forward and feels that wouldn’t be the case if he relocated to North London. On the other hand, Klopp supposedly views Dembele as an automatic starter so this shouldn’t be an issue.
Celtic are already preparing themselves for the inevitable interest from other clubs next summer but Klopp is looking to be proactive and sign the Frenchman in January while other clubs wait for the summer transfer window.