According to a report by Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo earlier this month, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to sign Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele should he become available for transfer.
The France international joined the La Liga giants for an initial £97m fee – that could rise to £135m with add-ons – in the summer of 2017, but he has struggled to become a first-team regular under Ernesto Valverde.
The 21-year-old returned to the starting line-up for the Champions League trip to Inter Milan on Tuesday night having been on the substitutes’ bench for the previous two La Liga fixtures, and he had a chance to make a big impression at the San Siro.
Having scored six goals and provided a further two assists in his previous 15 appearances for Barca this term Dembele clearly has the talent, and should he end up arriving at Anfield he would likely compete with Sadio Mane for a spot on the left wing – his preferred position.
His showing in Italy hardly suggested that he would be able to displace the Senegal international however, even if he did get two of his three shots on target and make four key passes, as per WhoScored.
Despite being known for his dribbling ability, he only completed one of the four he attempted against Inter in the 1-1 draw, while he was dispossessed on three occasions.
The eye-catching statistics don’t stop there however, as the 21-year-old only produced one accurate cross from six attempts, while his two long balls failed to find a teammate.
If you are playing for Liverpool and in the Premier League on the wing you will need to do your fair share of defensive duties, and Dembele once again came up short in that respect against the Serie A outfit by failing to record a single tackle.
The speedy youngster may be an exciting talent, but his naivety and lack of consistency mean it would be silly for Jurgen Klopp to splash out what could be a club-record fee to bring him to Merseyside.