Liverpool will not sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele this summer because they will buy Timo Werner instead, according to former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson. Dembele has been linked with a move to Anfield as an alternative to RB Leipzig forward Werner. Dembele, 23, has struggled to nail down a starting spot at Barcelona due to a string of injury problems since his arrival in 2017.
Robinson is a fan of the Frenchman but believes it is Werner who Liverpool really want.
Werner has scored 25 Bundesliga goals for Leipzig so far this season and has reportedly held discussions with Jurgen Klopp regarding a move to Merseyside.
“Dembele is a top player but there is no smoke without fire,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“There has been talk of Liverpool and Werner for too long now. I can see that happening and that deal going through.
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“If the buying club wants it to happen and the player wants to leave, there is often very little that the selling club can do other than try and force their price.
“The talk of this deal has gone on for so long – a lot of noise. I can genuinely see this coming to fruition this summer.”
However, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy does not think his old club would be the right place for Werner as he would not be guaranteed a starting spot.
“I think he’s a super player and he would be a good acquisition, but he’s not going to get in ahead of [Roberto] Firmino in the balance that Liverpool have got I don’t think,” Murphy told talkSPORT.
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“So does he believe in himself that he can, is that why he would go to Liverpool?
“If he’s presented with another opportunity where he’s told he’s going to start, will that be more appealing to him? It depends on the individual.
“I know Jurgen Klopp likes him and they know each other
“You need strength in depth, of course you do, but when you’ve got super talent like that, I don’t think he seems like the type of guy who is going to want to sit on the bench.
“Werner is in the prime of his career, he’s banging in goals at the top level and he wants to play for his country at all the big tournaments coming up.
“It would be a big risk for him to go to Liverpool in terms of Firmino and what he contributes to that team.”
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