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.

Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.


  1. Sports journalists in the past used to be reasonably accurate in their reporting, but these days there’s so many newspaper/internet wannabes they have turned to pure fiction to make a name for themselves, I just wish they would stop writing their rubbish and or plagiarising other Wannabes. Liverpool amongst just do not tell the media about players they may or may not be interested in, and anyone from the club who is found to be talking to them faces contract termination.

  2. Dembele has a very good agent, whose excellent advice – to go to a club with a manager with a good reputation for developing players – he followed in the summer. Three goals in five matches in the Champions League; six big games already in front of crowds of 60,000, with eight goals; a hat trick against Rangers – the first for 50 years; plus quite a few assists. It seems pretty much understood that he will stay at Celtic until summer 2018, at which time he’ll join his mentor, Zidane.

    And £20 million? When Wilson from Bournemouth is £25 million? Not serious.

  3. When Brendan Rodgers was asked a couple of months ago about an £18m price tag for Dembele he asked the reporter what toe he was referring to?.
    Let’s get serious here?
    The ball is in Celtics courts les the bidding start at £40m with a minimum of 10 % sell on clause for fuller sell on future sales,for serious condenders,the rest can do walking away.

    Hail Hail YNWA