With the summer transfer window just around the corner Liverpool have been reported as having an interest in Lyon's Nabil Fekir as well as Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele.
Reports from French news outlets Canal+, RMC Sport and L'Equipe say that the Merseyside club had all but wrapped up a £62 million deal Fekir and RMC Sport reporter Mohamed Boufahsi has also claimed that Jurgen Klopp is interested in signing Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele on loan.
After the Chelsea game Jurgen Klopp gave short shrift to the news that Liverpool had already inked a deal for Fekir, and avoided questions on Dembele as well, finishing his assessment by saying that he never comments on transfer rumours:
During the game we agreed a deal (with Fekir)? I would be surprised about that to be honest. But no comment. What was the second name? Oh! [Dembele] is on the market? Is he on the market? Now I am interested! ‘No, nothing [to say]. Obviously you are not from Liverpool. I never comment on transfer rumours. I’ve said already much more than I usually say.’
But nevertheless Bouhafsi has stated that the German is 'obsessed' with the Barcelona winger and wants to bring him to Anfield on loan. The France international has struggled with injuries and form at Barcelona since joining from Borussia Dortmund for £95 million last summer.
However, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has scotched the rumours linking Dembele with a move elsewhere, telling Catalan radio station RAC 1 that 'the option of selling him is not on the table' but that they would sit down with the 20-year-old at the end of the season:
We are finishing the season and then there will be meetings. He's an investment for the future. He is very young and we expect a lot from him.
Liverpool have shown this season that their first eleven can go toe to toe with any team, but the Anfield side has struggled for form of late, with much of the blame apportioned to the fact that there is very little depth in the squad. The Reds had to call upon 20-year-old Dominic Solanke to make an impact against Chelsea at the weekend and their lack of impact from the bench showed as they fell 1-0 to the Blues at Stamford Bridge.