'Could light up the World Cup': £97m attacker Liverpool reportedly want now tipped to shine in Qatar
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'Could light up the World Cup': £97m attacker Liverpool reportedly want now tipped to shine in Qatar

Tottenham Hotspur right-back Matt Doherty has raved about Barcelona attacker and Liverpool target Ousmane Dembele.

Ahead of France’s opening game of the World Cup against Australia, the Spurs defender selected the 25-year-old as his player to watch out for in Qatar today. Speaking in his club’s diary for the competition, he claimed.

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“Wow, tough call today! I’m going to go for a French player, and I think Ousmane Dembele will have a good tournament,” Doherty said.

“He’s got back into form at Barcelona this season, so he could light up the World Cup. So, hopefully he starts today and I get that one right!”

Over the summer, the Reds were linked with a move for the Frenchman, who was set to be out of contract with the Catalan club. Sport reported Liverpool had made contact with the player, but he eventually signed a new deal with Xavi’s side.

However, with the extension only lasting until 2024, the possibility of a move remains very much open.

Doherty praises Liverpool target Dembele

Upon Sadio Mane’s departure, fans were questioning who the club were going to bring in as his replacement.

As possible signings could have gone, Dembele would have been a massive standout.

In 170 appearances for Barcelona, the Frenchman has bagged 37 goals and 41 assists.

Incredibly for a 25-year-old, he has already played 46 Champions League games.

With such great experience at the highest level, Dembele would be an impressive addition to most squads across Europe.

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His dazzling footwork and lightning pace is an absolute handful for defenders to contain. Adding goals to his game, the France international is fulfilling his potential as one of the best wingers in world football, and he would certainly continue to improve at Liverpool.

Preferring to play on the right-wing, the Reds already have Mohamed Salah leading the line in the position.

However, as free signings could have gone, Dembele – who joined Barcelona in an initial £97m move – would have been exceptional business by the Anfield recruitment team.

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