According to Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is extremely keen on signing Barcelona misfit Ousmane Dembele, after the France international’s future in Catalonia was thrust into ambiguity due to his ill discipline off the field.
Despite splashing around £135m on the former Borussia Dortmund and Rennes forward, those at the Camp Nou are yet to be convinced by the 21-year-old’s maturity away from the field, despite his talent on it.
Whilst he is obviously a precocious talent, Dembele has struggled for consistent form in Spain, scoring just 10 goals for the Blaugrana since arriving last summer. To add to that, MARCA have reported that the World Cup winner is struggling for punctuality, with international boss Didier Deschamps backing up reports that the winger lacks professionalism.
Additionally, reported by the same site, club teammate Gerard Pique recently said that the player needs help to know that football is ’24 hours’, whilst it was also revealed that the youngster arrived late to the stadium to watch his teammates take on Real Betis.
Obviously, when there is even the slightest hint that a top talent such as this may become available, all top clubs will undoubtedly sit up and take notice. However, in Liverpool’s case, if Klopp makes his interest concrete, it could appear to be fairly contradictory on the German’s behalf.
Just two summers ago, the former Dortmund boss sent Mamadou Sakho home from the club’s US tour after the centre-back ‘repeatedly broke club rules’, according to ESPN. The Frenchman nearly missed the original flight to the US, skipped a rehabilitation session, and was also allegedly late to a club meal.
If Klopp was not going to stand for that behaviour back then, where he eventually froze the former PSG captain out of the club and sold him to Crystal Palace, then why on earth would he want a repeat of the situation with Dembele?
Of course, as aforementioned, the Barcelona star is a tremendous player. But Sakho was also a tremendous performer for Klopp before the US tour. If the Reds do take the plunge and swoop for the player, it will be a huge risk as well as an expensive one.