Clint Dempsey: Impact Soccer Star Will Have on US If He Goes to Liverpool

Oren FriedmanCorrespondent IIJuly 15, 2012

BOLTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  Clint Dempsey of Fulham celebrates after scoring his first goal from a free kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Fulham at Reebok Stadium on April 7, 2012 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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American soccer star Clint Dempsey could have a new home in Liverpool soon. 

If the US Men's National Team midfielder ends up leaving Fulham for Liverpool, then the implications could be enormous for a burgeoning soccer fanbase in the US. 

Dempsey has been impressive for Fulham, scoring 23 goals and contributing six assists 2011-12. 

Unfortunately for American fans, Fulham is in the shadows of Europe’s elite squads, hiding Dempsey’s success from American eyes. 

Already with a strong American backing, Liverpool would be ideal for Dempsey, as more Americans could witness his rise on the pitch. 

A move to the Reds would put Dempsey among the few American stars to play for a legitimate soccer club, and put the 29-year-old back in the spotlight.

The move makes sense for Liverpool as well. 

The Reds would benefit tremendously from Dempsey’s versatility. A great dribbler and superb playmaker, Dempsey is a threat to score or create for his teammates.

A creative style, Dempsey’s game will be exciting for Liverpool fans, as they watch him tear up the field. 

Put Dempsey alongside Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard, and Liverpool could feature one of the most potent three-headed monsters in the Premier League. 

An already talented team, Liverpool would not need to rely on Dempsey to do most of the heavy lifting as he did for Fulham. Instead, he should be able to coexist alongside Liverpool’s other stars. 

Although Manchester City still boasts an impressive squad and Chelsea is always lethal, Dempsey could have Liverpool as a capable dark horse next season. 

Success in Anfield would be critical in boosting soccer viewership in the states. 

American fans would have the chance to support a refreshing alternative to EPL powerhouses Manchester United and Chelsea, by cheering on the Texas native in Liverpool. 

A transfer to Liverpool would also be monumental for American soccer, as it would signify the heavy courting of an American soccer player by a legitimate European club. 

If the stars align, Demspey will be in red next season, leaving Fulham for a chance at American soccer immortality in Liverpool.