Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele would be a ‘perfect fit’ for Premier League giants Liverpool, according to Anfield legend John Barnes.
The Reds will likely bolster Jurgen Klopp’s attacking options this summer following a season in which they failed to defend the title.
Liverpool also have a mountain to climb in the Champions League, having been beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the first leg of their quarter-final tie on Tuesday night.
Dembele has attracted interest from Liverpool before and Barnes, who spent a decade at Anfield, believes he would be ‘perfect’ for his former club.
‘One player that I think could make it at Liverpool is Ousmane Dembele,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets.
‘He would fit right into the front three because his directness is perfect for Liverpool’s way of playing. Of all the players linked with Liverpool, he is a player that fans should be excited about.
‘If he wants to continue playing at the biggest clubs like Barcelona then Liverpool is the right club for him.
‘He’s a player that fits the way Liverpool plays and I think that Liverpool would be interested in that type of player.
‘I can’t see a reason for any of the front three to leave because they like it at Liverpool and things are going well.
‘I don’t think there’s a reason any of the front three need to feel they have to leave to fulfil their ambitions because they’ve won the league and the Champions League so it’s hard to say what more they want.
‘In terms of the potential to be successful, they won’t get it much better anywhere else, it’s just a question of whether they feel they want a new challenge. Some of them are coming up to 28 and 29 and sometimes players move on.’
Liverpool face an uphill battle to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and are seventh ahead of Saturday’s clash against Aston Villa.
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