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Should Liverpool gamble on Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona?

Liverpool are in need of a succession plan in the final third. The Reds need to bring in fresh blood who can take over from our current starters as they enter their 30s. For years Jürgen Klopp has been linked with one of France’s most mercurial talents. Should Liverpool gamble on Ousmane Dembele?

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Succession plan

By the start of next season everyone of the Reds’ famed front three will be 30-years-old.

As a result we need to think about swapping in some young blood otherwise we risk keeping expensive players on long contracts whilst they’re well into their decline.

The Reds need to start looking at successors for the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool linked with Ousmane Dembele

For years now the Reds have been linked with Barcelona’s inconsistent French winger.

Over the summer Mundo Deportivo claimed Liverpool were one of four clubs monitoring Ousmane Dembele.

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Barca were said to be considering selling him over the summer but no such deal materialised.

Contract expiring

Over the summer the 24-year-old Frenchman entered the final year of his contract.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca are planning to offer him a new deal but they are yet to do so with no meeting having taken place.

It’s only natural that the Blaugrana would be reluctant to lose him on a free given that the deal to sign him was worth up to £135.5m in 2017.

Should Liverpool gamble on Dembele?

According to Transfermarkt, Dembele has missed around 98 games for Barcelona due to injury.

That is an extraordinarily worrying injury record.

However, his talent is immense, as his potential. When he’s fit and he gets a run in the side he’s always shown just why so much was spent bringing him to Spain. He scored three and assisted two in six European Cup games last season.

Given that he’s available on a free transfer it may be worth Liverpool gambling on Dembele.

If our physios can be confident of keeping him fit for prolonged periods then he could be an absolute bargain.

If we give him a massive contract and he can’t stay fit then it would be a huge waste of money.

The deal hinges on medical experts. If they think he’s over the worst of it then we should be in the conversation.

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