Report: Liverpool had a player in mind to replace Mohamed Salah if he left this summer
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Report: Liverpool had a player in mind to replace Mohamed Salah if he left this summer

Liverpool considered a move for Ousmane Dembélé to replace Mohamed Salah, according to reports. The Frenchman was out of contract.

This comes from Mundo Deportivo. They claim that Liverpool did consider signing Ousmane Dembélé to replace Mohamed Salah this summer.

Dembélé has been one of the stories of the transfer window. His contract with Barcelona actually expired at the end of June, allowing anyone to sign him without a transfer fee. That’s quite the opportunity, given his cost the Catalonians an initial £96.8m back in 2017.

But no one could get a deal done and Dembélé will instead spend the next two years with Barcelona. He renewed his contract – even if it feels a little clear that he didn’t plan on doing so.

One of the reasons Dembélé is staying put, though, is because opportunities simply dried up elsewhere. Paris Saint-Germain held onto Kylian Mbappé, Chelsea signed Raheem Sterling and Liverpool didn’t lose Salah.

The report from MD believes that the Reds would have pursued Dembélé if the Egyptian hadn’t shown interest in renewing his contract. In the end, though, Liverpool got what they wanted.

Ousmane Dembélé to replace Mo Salah

We always thought Dembélé would have been a fascinating signing for Liverpool. He’s a player with world-class potential – no one should doubt that – but requires the right environment to put that together.

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It’s seemed clear for quite some time that Barcelona is not that environment but we feel Anfield could have been. Jurgen Klopp and co. have a knack for getting the most out of players and Dembélé is as good a project player as any.

But it wasn’t to be and we can’t imagine anyone complaining. A move wasn’t there unless Salah left and we know who we’d prefer. Dembélé has world-class potential but Salah is a world-class player – Liverpool have already done their work there.

Who knows, though? Dembélé will be available again in two years – possibly one if Barcelona want to sell – and Liverpool may still see him as their Salah successor.

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