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Ousmane Dembele scores two-footed goal ahead of January market

Ousmane Dembele scored a wonderful goal for Barcelona on Saturday ahead of the January transfer window. Reports link Liverpool with the winger.

Ousmane Dembele scored a great opening goal for Barcelona against Real Betis on Saturday. In fact, it was Diogo Jota-esque in how two-footed it was.

Dembele picked the ball up on the corner of Betis’ area. He then chopped it inside with his right foot and smashed it home with his left, leaving the goalkeeper without a chance.

It comes just a few days after Jota scored similar against Atalanta – although, with the feet reversed. We wrote after that how valuable a two-footed player is in Liverpool’s system. That’s particularly relevant with Dembele, a player linked with Liverpool this year.

January sale

Sport claimed back in September that Jurgen Klopp wanted Dembele for this season. He asked for a loan-to-buy, apparently, wanting to assess the player before committing the cash.

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Now, Barcelona clearly rejected that offer but plans may have changed. Sport put out another article after that one where they said the Catalonians would now accept around £45m for the player.

Mundo Deportivo backed this up on Friday, claiming that Barcelona want to sell Dembele in January to fund a move for Memphis Depay.

 

Dembele is in good form now, though. He has three goals and an assist in six games – but only three of those appearances were starts.

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Jota’s arrival may have ended Liverpool’s interest, of course, but we don’t think it’s beyond the imagination that they’d want both. Dembele is playing very well and is still only 23. If he keeps up this form, perhaps Liverpool will rekindle their interest in January.

They could end up securing a talented player for a good price and one who could develop alongside Jota for Liverpool’s future.

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