Liverpool: £10m For Dempsey? Here's 5 Reasons It's Money Well Spent

Versatile, durable, marketable and much more, here's why Liverpool should go for Fulham's Clint Dempsey...
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Versatile, durable, marketable and much more, here's why Liverpool should go for Fulham's Clint Dempsey...

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Liverpool's interest in Clint Dempsey has been met with a certain degree of scepticism from a lot of fans, with some claiming that he is another big fish in a small pond who will fail to make the step up to a bigger club. Their pessimism is not surprising given the Reds' poor success rate when signing players from other Premier League teams, particularly over the last few seasons when huge sums of money have been spent on players like Robbie Keane, Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing with next to no return.

Dempsey, however, is not cut from the same cloth, and here are five reasons why, at the right price, he'd be a very clever signing:

Goals

A lack of goals was Liverpool's biggest problem last season; only Luis Suarez managed to reach double figures in the goal scoring stakes, and only five other players scored 5 goals or more - and it's looking likely that four of them - Bellamy, Maxi, Kuyt and Carroll - will not be at the club come the start of the season. Dempsey's goal return was decent under Roy Hodgson, but it is under Mark Hughes and then Martin Jol - both of whom encourage attacking football - that he has become more prolific; the 36 goals he has scored for the Cottagers in all competitions over the past two seasons is a record that is only bettered by Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. Dempsey is also a regular goalscorer for his country, and whilst the quality of opposition in North America is not of a particularly high standard, he has scored against some of the best sides on the international stage in both the World and Confederations Cup.

A keen Hip-Hop aficionado, Dempsey has been known to spit a few rhymes under the pseudonym 'Deuce', making him a prime candidate to release a follow up to the infamous 'Anfield Rap'.

Versatility

A key part of the offensive side of Brendan Rodgers' system is fluidity and the interchanging of positions between players. That Dempsey has played - and, more importantly, been productive - in practically every position in midfield and attack for Fulham, then, is certainly a big advantage if he does join Liverpool - and that he understands what is required to effectively play in a variety of roles should help him adapt to this new style of play. As the Reds will be competing on four different fronts this coming season, not only does Dempsey's versatility add more depth to the squad, but it may well play a key factor in him getting more playing time over some of the other senior players.

Durability

Although Dempsey is now 29, he hasn't been playing first team football at a high level since his teens like many players, which can often lead to a drop in productivity when they hit their 30's. He made his MLS debut as a rookie in 2004, and, with the greatest of respect to the American league, it is unlikely that the standard of coaching he received whilst in States, nor the quality of opposition, is anywhere near the level of that in England. The length of the MLS season is shorter than that of the European leagues, too, and fewer games are played - and even then the physical demands are not as great as that of the Premiership. Over the past four seasons Dempsey has, for club and country, made over 210 appearances, proving that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank.

Whilst this is the least important factor from a fans perspective, Dempsey's appeal to the American market cannot be overlooked

Aggression

A keen Hip-Hop aficionado, Dempsey has been known to spit a few rhymes under the pseudonym 'Deuce', making him a prime candidate to release a follow up to the infamous 'Anfield Rap'. Like some of those gun-slinging rappers, he does seem to be aggressive - not to be confused with violent - on the pitch, but Liverpool have often lacked a bit of fight in recent seasons, and with Craig Bellamy - who, coincidentally, Dempsey had an altercation with when the two sides met at Craven Cottage last season - possibly leaving Anfield, the Reds will lack a cantankerous badman in the squad.

Marketability

Whilst this is the least important factor from a fans perspective, Dempsey's appeal to the American market cannot be overlooked; ever since Tom Werner, the club's chairman, publicly praised Dempsey, Liverpool have been mooted as a possible destination. FSG are clearly intent on raising LFC's profile across the Atlantic - the club's deal with Fox to film a behind the scenes six part documentary, the selling of a minority stake in the club to basketball star LeBron James, and the pre-season tour of North America all proof of this - and signing arguably the best player from the USA national team would only increase the interest - and potential marketability - in Liverpool from across the pond.

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