Liverpool have been linked with a January transfer for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele. While there is no doubt the 2018 World Cup winner has immense talent, it seems he is a growing cancer in the Barcelona dressing room.
Dembele has been blasted by Barcelona for his poor attitude and skipping training. But it isn’t the first time Dembele has acted petulantly in his career. After playing one season with Germany’s Borussia Dortmund in which he scored six goals and assisted 13 in 32 games, Dembele skipped training with the club and began to moan for a move to another team.
Former Dortmund captain Roman Weidenfeller, one of Dortmund’s most respected players during his time at the club, criticised Dembele. In Weidenfeller’s opinion, Dembele wasn’t grateful to Dortmund for providing him with a platform to excel.
Dembele played just 17 La Liga games after moving to Barcelona due to injury. Yet, his form in Spain over the course of 28 La Liga games hasn’t been anything special. While he does have talent, there are other issues that are at play and ones that can disrupt a dressing room.
Despite winning the World Cup with France over the summer, Dembele didn’t play the impactful role the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, or even Olivier Giroud did.
As of Thursday, Barcelona have stated they won’t sell Dembele. Of course, that is often times smoke and mirrors. Barcelona are considering parting with summer €40 million signing Malcom. Tottenham are rumoured to be interested and ready to offer €50m for the Brazilian.
Liverpool Reds FC Blog’s opinion
Barcelona will not part with both Malcom and Dembele. Therefore, if one is sold on a permanent deal, the Spanish team will take the highest offer. Neither has fit in at Barcelona and it appears attitude is the main problem for both players.
Due to Dembele’s problems at two different clubs, it makes perfect sense for Liverpool to pass on him. Rather than competing for places alongside Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Xherdan Shaqiri, Dembele is more likely to moan. If Barcelona cannot change his behaviour, then it certainly won’t be altered at Anfield.