Gossip: Liverpool 'target Dembele and Fekir brothers'

Liverpool in the market for a striker and Ousmane Dembele (left) or Nabil Fekir (right) could fir the bill, while Anthony Martial (centre) is off to Juventus
Liverpool in the market for a striker and Ousmane Dembele (left) or Nabil Fekir (right) could fir the bill, while Anthony Martial (centre) is off to Juventus

Only one word for this Liverpool side at the moment: toothless. Yesterday’s 1-0 defeat by Chelsea was the second successive Premier League game where the Reds have failed to score – their longest goalless streak of Jurgen Klopp’s reign.

So it’s understandable that they are being tipped to bring in some extra firepower in today’s papers, with the Sun reporting that Klopp has identified Ousmane Dembele as the man to add some goals to his shot-shy attack.

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For a change, the Sun didn’t even have to make this transfer rumour up. Klopp himself created it when asked yesterday if he was keen on signing the £135m Barcelona forward.

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“Is he on the market? Now I’m interested,” said the German, who was possibly being slightly facetious, but let’s not let that get in the way of a good story.

Plus, French outlet RMC Sport also say Liverpool are ready to “engage in talks” with Barca about bringing Dembele to Anfield this summer after the Frenchman endured a difficult first season at the Nou Camp, not that RMC Sport are particularly reliable either.

Reds swoop for two Fekirs

Such is the severity of Liverpool’s goalscoring problem that they are allegedly also targeting the Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir. The Mirror says the Reds are so desperate to land the 24-year-old that they are also willing to buy his 21-year-old brother Yassin, who is definitely not as good.

Reds chiefs have apparently agreed a £60m deal with Lyon for the two players in a transfer that was personally smoothed over by Gerard Houllier, the former Anfield manager who is now an “advisor” to Lyon. Hopefully this double swoop works out better than the time he brought Florent Sinama Pongolle and Anthony Le Tallec to Merseyside.

Liverpool also want to sign a goalkeeper, with the Mirror claiming they have “taken the lead” in the race to sign highly rated Ukrainian shotstopper Andriy Lunin.

The 6ft 3in teenager has apparently been getting “rave reviews” at his club Zorya Luhansk (wonder what the Ukrainian is for “rave reviews”) and is also wanted by Watford and Leicester.

Martial set for Man Utd exit

Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly “approved” the sale of Anthony Martial to Juventus.

The Express says the artist formerly known as The Special One “cannot see a future” for the 22-year-old at Old Trafford and would rather pay £500,000 a week to Alexis Sanchez than nurture the talented young Frenchman.

Martial, similarly, is “tired” of Mourinho’s treatment of him and is ready to quit the Premier League to fulfil his potential.

Elsewhere, Leicester want Huddersfield manager David Wagner to replace Claude Puel, who is set to be sacked imminently as a result of the Foxes’ woeful late-season form (Times), Crystal Palace are ready to offload Christian Benteke if they can recoup “a large chunk” of the £27m they paid for the Belgian striker (Mirror) and Pep Guardiola says he is going to give his first Premier League winner’s medal to his children as a present (Manchester Evening News). Although given that he clearly lives in the same house as them, this is not necessarily as generous as it sounds.