Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was ‘convinced’ he could sign Ousmane Dembele before talks | Football | Sport
was reportedly convinced a deal was there to be done for Ousmane Dembele at the start of summer. The German was set on adding attacking reinforcements to his squad despite the coronavirus pandemic which saw the Reds pull out of a deal for Timo Werner.
Liverpool were working on restricted finances but with Dembele struggling at Barcelona, Klopp saw potential to get his career back on track at Anfield.
The Frenchman burst onto the scene with Stade Rennes before moving to Borussia Dortmund for the 2016/17 season.
By this point, Klopp was nearly a year into his Anfield tenure but was keeping tabs on Dembele’s progress at his former club in Germany.
He was always of the opinion that he would like to work with Dembele in the future.
He is regarded highly by president Josep Maria Bartomeu, despite his slow progress following his £135million move to the club in 2017.
The World Cup winner had to undergo surgery on his hamstring last season but now he is hopeful he can turn things around at the Camp Nou.
That is why he has decided to stay put following additional interest from Manchester United.
Liverpool have since moved onto Diogo Jota, who they brought in from Wolves for £41m last weekend.