Forget Chelsea, this PL club is the perfect fit for Celtic star Dembele
COMMENT By Matt Farr
All eyes turn to the Old Firm derby on Sunday as Scottish heavyweights Celtic and Rangers go head to head at Parkhead.
At the centre of attention will be Celtic goalscorer Moussa Dembele, who has set Scotland alight following his move to the club in the summer.
He has 32 goals to his name from 44 appearances in all competitions, including three hat-tricks, and eight goals in his last four Scottish Premiership appearances.
It has been reported that a host of elite clubs will be sending scouts to watch the 20-year-old in action during the Old Firm derby on Sunday, including Premier League quartet Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City.
Celtic will be determined to retain the services of Dembele beyond the current campaign, but they face an increasingly tough task to keep hold of him in the summer given his goalscoring form this season.
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But should they lose him in the summer, Dembele will have no shortage of options. However, of all the possible reported destinations for him, the best fit for him would be Liverpool.
First and foremost, the chances of playing regular first-team football at Anfield will be much greater than at either Chelsea or Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s side currently don’t have a world-class goalscorer leading their attack, unlike Chelsea with Diego Costa, or City with Sergio Aguero.
Liverpool will be in the market for one in the summer, and in a move to Merseyside, Dembele can have the opportunity to make the role his own for the long term.
Daniel Sturridge has once again failed to prove his fitness and Klopp’s frustrations with the England international could see him shipped out at the end of the season.
That would leave Divock Origi as the main competition for Dembele as a striker, with Klopp preferring the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino as the primary goalscoring threat this season.
With Chelsea, for example, Dembele only needs to look at Michy Batshuayi to see that a bench role at Stamford Bridge isn’t the way forward.
Klopp, meanwhile, has a decent track record for introducing youngsters into the first-team, and moulding them into important players.
At 20, Dembele will still very much be considered a young player – despite his recent senior success – but Klopp is the right man to get the best out of him.
If the German chief can steer Liverpool to a top four finish in the Premier League season, Dembele could also get a shot at European football with the club, after earning a taste of Champions League football with Celtic at the start of the season.
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