Ousmane Dembele is firmly on Jurgen Klopp’s radar (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp is reportedly pushing Liverpool to launch an £85million offer for Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele.
Dembele, 21, has had a frustrating time since arriving at the Nou Camp in August 2017 and disciplinary problems are believed to be hampering the youngster’s development.
Didier Deschamps revealed earlier this week that Dembele consistently turns up late for France training but Klopp is ready to take a punt on the temperamental World Cup winner.
According to The Sun, Klopp is looking to bolster his attacking options this winter and believes the addition of Dembele can significantly boost Liverpool’s title chances.
Klopp would have to smash Liverpool’s transfer record once again after spending £75m on Virgil van Dijk last January.
Barca splashed out £135.5m on Dembele ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, though, and will be reluctant to make a massive loss on the Frenchman.
Didier Deschamps on Ousmane Dembele earlier this week
‘Ousmane has been with us for a while. That’s his usual trick to be late, but in his defence, I’m sure he’ll say: “I’m not the only one.”
‘Whether at a big club like Barcelona, in the French national team or elsewhere, he has to pay attention to that.
‘It’s part of the life and requirements of a professional footballer.
‘He must improve to prevent it from becoming negative. These are situations that can be repeated. The sooner he understands that, the better for everyone.’
Didier Deschamps admits that Ousmane Dembele turns up late for training (Picture: Getty)Dembele was dropped from Ernesto Valverde’s squad for Barca’s clash with Real Betis after the former Borussia Dortmund forward apparently breached team rules.
It was reported that Dembele failed to properly inform club officials of his illness but his agent, Moussa Sissoko, laughed off the speculation.
‘All these criticisms make me laugh. It had already begun with a so-called delay at the meeting before the Champions League match against Inter,’ Sissoko told RMC Sport.
‘I am surprised very serious newspapers can report this information because Ousmane didn’t arrive late. His coach has confirmed the fact he was not in the starting XI was not due to a delay.’
Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to spend £85m on Ousmane Dembele (Picture: Getty)Sissoko insisted that Dembele really was ill and poured cold water on rumours that the youngster could be on his way out of Barcelona.
‘It is true that Ousmane was sick [before Betis],’ Sissoko added.
‘He had not slept all night, he was very tired. He missed the morning training and what the club has blamed us for is that he did not provide notification so a doctor can come to assess him.
‘He did that late. But he was sick, the club confirmed he had a (gastrointestinal illness), he missed training because of that. I’m surprised we can make controversy when he is sick.
‘Ousmane continues to work. He is in a big club, he is in the national team and Didier Deschamps continues to call him. He is very much demanding of the players’ behavior and their performances, so if Ousmane is today in the French team, he deserves it.
‘I also had Eric Abidal [Barcelona sporting director] on the phone and he is very happy with Ousmane, he told me he was training very well. He does not question him at all right now.’