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BBC pundit says Liverpool should sign 'world-class' talent...but claims Arsenal shouldn't even think about it

Ousmane Dembele is a name that has been doing the rounds during this January transfer window, with the Barcelona forward yet to agree a new contract with the Catalan giants.

The former Borussia Dortmund man is into the final six months of his deal at the Nou Camp. A mix of injuries and poor form have meant that Dembele has never quite hit top form since signing for more than £130m. A host of clubs in England have been touted as potential destinations for Dembele, including Liverpool, Arsenal, and Newcastle.

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Liverpool are in the market for new players, albeit anything in January seems unlikely. Dembele could well fit the profile, given his ability to play on both sides of the front three. And according to former Premier League midfielder and now BBC pundit, Don Hutchinson, the Reds should look to take the Barcelona man.

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“If I was Liverpool I would (go for Dembele). If I was Arsenal I’m thinking I could get more out of Pepe, they’re two similar players. The trouble with Dembele is that he’s not been fit enough at Barca, he’s a wonderful talent, he certainly was at Dortmund,” Hutchinson said on BBC 5 Live Football Daily podcast.

“If Arsenal threw their money at Dembele I think it would be a risk, but if Liverpool did it he’d be a squad player who’d have to fight for his position.”

Dembele has been labelled world-class by former Liverpool man Jose Enrique. Certainly, on form, he’d be a good signing for anyone.

TBR’s View: This Doesn’t Make Sense At All

It’s hard to make sense of what Hutchinson is getting at here, in all honesty. He’s essentially suggesting it would be a waste for Arsenal to go for Dembele due to Nicolas Pepe being there. But at the same time, suggesting him sitting on the bench at Liverpool would be ok?

It seems a bit of an odd statement. Dembele doesn’t dislodge Salah or Mane in the Liverpool side. Therefore, why the Reds would go and give him the huge contract we all know he wants is a mystery.

It feels a bit like Hutchinson has got his wires crossed here. Arsenal can’t afford Dembele, Liverpool would be better putting the money to Salah’s contract, and Dembele won’t want to sit on anyone’s bench.

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