Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has warned his former aspect off signing a French ahead after calling into query his need and dedication.
Liverpool have one in every of world soccer’s most fearsome ahead traces. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino stay on the high of their sport. Diogo Jota’s arrival from Wolves final season then gave Jurgen Klopp a top quality fourth choice.
Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino present sufficient depth under that quartet, although that has not stopped the Reds being linked with Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.
By July of subsequent 12 months, every of Salah, Mane and Firmino would be the incorrect aspect of 30. Whereas they continue to be elite degree performers, the time will ultimately come when Liverpool start to maneuver in a brand new path.
Dembele, 24, has been reported to be on the membership’s radar and Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claimed he was being ‘brainwashed’ into leaving by his agent. The Frenchman is within the closing 12 months of his contract on the Camp Nou and would subsequently be out there totally free subsequent summer time if he refuses to pen contemporary phrases.
Dembele has struggled with harm in latest seasons. Nonetheless, his skills are unquestionable and will he go away Barcelona, there might be no scarcity of golf equipment striving to signal him.
Nonetheless, Reds legend Nicol has urged Liverpool to steer clear, claiming Dembele can be a “bust”. His reasoning stemmed from doubts he holds over the ahead’s work ethic – one thing that Klopp wouldn’t tolerate.
“On his day? Which days are we speaking about right here? I can’t bear in mind a day. It is a bust,” mentioned Nicol (via the Liverpool Echo).
“For my part, he has finished completely nothing since he went to Barcelona.
“So why would you give this man a contract value thousands and thousands when you may give it to someone else who seems as if they is perhaps higher knowledgeable and truly cares.
“As a result of the impression I get is that he’s not an ideal skilled and he doesn’t actually appear to look as if he cares.”
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In the meantime, Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has insisted that he wants a constant run of video games to convey out his greatest performances.
Persistent spells on the remedy desk have prevented the 28-year-old from ever reaching his full potential at Anfield.
This season, nonetheless, Oxlade-Chamberlain has loved a extra constant run of match motion. After solely taking part in 184 minutes in 5 out of the primary 10 matches, the Englishman has performed in all the final seven, racking up 320 minutes. Oxlade-Chamberlain has now insisted that such a run of minutes is essential for his kind.
“A participant like me who typically does dangerous issues like run with the ball and drive with the ball, rhythm helps that,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“Rhythm helps all gamers, however particularly for me the best way I play. With sport time and extra video games, all of it turns into a bit extra pure and I don’t have to consider these items as a lot. It’s getting higher [for me], however clearly on the minute we’ve received just a few accidents in midfield. Hopefully quickly we could have everybody again and the competitors begins.
“So long as I could be completely prepared and be capable of carry out effectively when wanted, I would like to ensure I’m doing that. Video games assist and I felt higher, however positively can enhance much more for positive.”