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Up-for-sale Dembele would slot right into Klopp’s new-look 4-2-3-1

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Up-for-sale Dembele would slot right into Klopp’s new-look 4-2-3-1

Liverpool enjoyed a fruitful summer but one linked target who got away was Barcelona speedster Ousmane Dembele.

Rumours tend to swirl around outcasts at Spain’s big two clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid, but it is still very tough for English clubs to lure them to this country.

However, Jurgen Klopp has been offered a glimmer of hope in the hunt for the French flier’s signature.

The Daily Mail report that Dembele has been put up for sale by the Spanish champions after concerns about his attitude arose under 18 months after he joined as a £96m replacement for Neymar.

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One factor that may have held Liverpool back from splashing the big bucks on Dembele was their 4-3-3 formation.

 

That Red Arrows front three was so supreme last season and Dembele would not have been guaranteed a spot in it, even if the Reds smashed their transfer record to sign him.

Lately, Klopp has switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation, which has seen Roberto Firmino move into the number 10 role with Mo Salah up top and Xherdan Shaqiri wide right.

Dembele could slot in on that right wing and what a frightening front four that would be. The Frenchman would add yet more pace and creativity to a frontline that was as good as any in Europe last season.

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