Liverpool will not be acquiring young French forward Moussa Dembele in the January transfer window, despite our reported interest in the 20-year-old…
That’s according to our former manager Brendan Rodgers, who now takes charge of Dembele for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.
Already this term in all competitions the youngster has bagged 17 goals and is keeping Leigh Griffiths, who notched 40 last term, out of the side.
“No, I don’t think he will [leave],” Rodgers told talkSPORT, cited in the Echo.
“At Celtic, you know how it is. We know how it is. If we get a really talented player there’s probably a cycle of a couple of years with them.
“You look at (Victor) Wanyama, Virgil van Dijk, Ki (Sung-yueng) – they come up here and it’s a great platform for them to demonstrate their qualities but then the likelihood is they get a better offer, financially, and they move down south.
“With Moussa, I think that was always going to be the case.”
Dembele is mighty talented and will no doubt leave Celtic at some point, but a young striker in need of minutes is hardly what we need right now.
We have Divock Origi, who’s only just got himself in the side due to team-mate injuries, scoring three goals in three appearances. Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge can play centrally, while Danny Ings is also contracted (although a season ending injury ruins his chances of being involved before 2017/18).
If Dembele were to join, his progression would stunt as he’d likely be down the pecking order.