Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp stance on Ousmane Dembele transfer deal explained | Football | Sport
Dembele has endured a torrid time since joining Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund to replace the departed Neymar.
And he has persistently been linked with a switch away from the Nou Camp in an attempt to kickstart his career.
Liverpool have been touted as potential suitors for the France international, who first broke onto the scene at Lille.
Jurgen Klopp joked about possibly launching a bid for Dembele after the Reds were beaten by Chelsea in May.
“Dembele? Oooh, is he on the market? Now I am interested,” Klopp said.
“I never comment on transfer rumours. I already said much more than I usually do.”
Speculation has been reignited this week by reports a club-record £85m January offer for the 21-year-old is on the cards.
However, the Liverpool Echo claim Klopp will not be raiding Barcelona for Dembele.
The Vernon-born ace is not currently on Klopp’s list of transfer targets.
And that means a bid will not be made in January, or next summer.
Klopp is said to believe Liverpool are well-equipped enough in all departments to be able to challenge for trophies.
And that means he has no plans to splash the cash in the mid-season window unless an injury crisis hits.
Jurgen Klopp opened up about not needing to spend any more money on players earlier this month.
“If crazy things happen then maybe we have to think new but I don’t expect that,” Klopp said.
“In the moment we have each position twice, three times and sometimes four times covered. I don’t think there is any reason to try to do something really big like bring in another striker.
“We have all that we need. Our job now is to use the quality that we have and to work with it because one player doesn’t change it.”
Liverpool are well-stocked in the wide positions with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri at Klopp’s disposal.
Shaqiri arrived at Anfield as part of a £170m spree which has helped turn Liverpool into title contenders.
And Klopp has revealed his delight at how well the Switzerland international has settled into life on Merseyside.
“Yeah, or even more. What can I say?” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website, when asked whether Shaqiri has lived up to his expectations to date.
“He’s just a fantastic boy on top, that’s really good, and he knows that he has so much potential still to improve.
“But of course he’s the guy for decisive moments, that’s how it is, and we have to make sure that it stays like this.
“Another really good performance and a fantastic goal on top [vs Fulham], so it’s really cool.”