5 Reasons Clint Dempsey Is a Perfect Fit at Anfield
With the onset of the transfer window, rumors abound about player movement, potential club legends, new superstars and flops that should be offloaded. One consistent rumor regarding Liverpool is the purchase of Clint Dempsey from Fulham, a hotly debated topic amongst LFC fans.
While Dempsey's potential purchase might not bring the pomp and excitement that surrounded the acquisitions of Eden Hazard, Shinji Kagawa and Jordi Alba at their respective new clubs, Deuce's arrival on Merseyside could mean more to Liverpool than any transfer agreed upon thus far in Europe.
Quick, intelligent and motivated, Dempsey will bring much-needed variety and creativity to the Red's attack, and he'll slide into the lineup easily. Here are five reasons that Clint Dempsey is a perfect fit at Anfield:
He's a Workhorse
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With the departure of Dirk Kuyt, Liverpool lost a main cog in their attack. It was no surprise that when Kuyt was on the bench, as he was for most of the past season, Liverpool's attack had a gaping hole. His two goals in 11 EPL games this past season did not properly depict his value to the team; he is their engine in attack, and his absence will be felt in the upcoming season.
Enter Clint Dempsey, who is a spark plug in his own right. Decisive on the ball, quick on the counter, Deuce is a perfect replacement for the departing Kuyt.
According to NBC Sports, Dempsey played 3,323 minutes in 2011/2012. At 29, he has an innate energy uncommon for a player his age, and he could be Liverpool's attacking battery for the immediate future.
The Kop values a passionate player who will work hard for the club, and Dempsey fits this role perfectly.
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Though right-footed, Dempsey can play on either wing, behind the striker or up top, allowing Liverpool the luxury of having multiple attacking options. Should LFC sign Dempsey and Fabio Borini, they would immediately transform from one of the most intimidating defensive units in England to a complete, end-to-end nightmare for the opposition.
New boss Brendan Rodgers enforced this mindset to The Sun in an interview earlier this year:
"I want to see great attacking football with creativity and imagination, with relentless pressing of the ball."
"I want to use the incredible support to make coming to Anfield the longest 90 minutes of an opponent’s life."
Dempsey can help fulfill Rodger's dream. He, Suarez, Borini and Bellamy can fit interchangeably in the attacking third, and they will pose a quick, dangerous and unified threat to opposing defenses.
He Can Find the Back of the Net
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Twenty-three goals in 46 appearances. That's how many times Clint Dempsey found the back of the net in 2011/2012. While those are numbers that any striker would be proud of, it's prudent to note that Deuce is not a striker. Sure, he is a forward of sorts, but he is not the out-and-out striker that most people would generally associate with that goalscoring record.
With Liverpool scoring an abysmal 47 goals last season, Dempsey would slot right into the attack and immediately improve the attacking lineup. With balls played to him from Steven Gerrard, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam (yes, Charlie Adam), he will have many opportunities to find the net.
In addition to scoring, Dempsey would also be able to show his new teammates where the net is. His seven assists could help break the friendship that has formed between Liverpool forwards and the goalposts. He also has no problem scoring from free kicks, something that Liverpool has struggled with recently despite having numerous free-kick specialists.
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The fact that Clint Dempsey is American greatly enhances his worth both on and off the field. A marketing dream, the image of Dempsey in Liverpool red in front of a packed Anfield should make the club executives chomp at the bit with eagerness to sign him.
With the sport growing ever-faster in the USA, Dempsey's potential monetary gain for Fenway Sports Group would be a hard thing to ignore. Jersey and poster sales would be through the roof in the US. Recognition in North America, though already high for Liverpool, would skyrocket with the addition of an American hero like Dempsey. He deserves a shot at the big leagues, and Liverpool should be the one to give it to him.
He Just Makes Sense
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Though bolstered by the signing of Fabio Borini, Liverpool is still lacking in the attacking third. Dempsey would not only be a great addition simply because he has an eye for the goal, but also because he is available.
He has already stated (via ESPN) his intention to move up the proverbial food chain, and the move to Merseyside would make perfect sense.
"The transfer window is open until Aug. 31. It's no secret that I would like to play Champions League one day in my career," Dempsey said ahead of the Americans' exhibition against Brazil. "It it's meant to be, it will be."
Despite not securing Champion's League qualification last season, Liverpool have already stated their intentions with the signing of Fabio Borini, and Dempsey would greatly assist the club in reaching that aspiration.
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Dempsey represents the new age of American soccer. Notoriously hard-nosed and athletic, Americans have long been underestimated footballers, but this Texan could prove all of his critics wrong with a move to Liverpool.
He has the values that the Kop loves, with the American swagger that Brendan Rodgers has stated that he's looking for. He could be the new Anfield hero, and he would make a great signing for LFC.