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Liverpool: Why Clint Dempsey Would Be Wrong to Move to Anfield This Summer

TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 3:  Clint Dempsey #8 of USA against Canada during their international friendly match on June 3, 2012 at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIJuly 18, 2012

The rumour mill just keeps on churning when it comes to Clint Dempsey and his proposed move to Liverpool.

According to the BBC, Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group had posted on their website they "had added Clint Dempsey to a team that came within a game of winning the FA Cup," only for the US forward's club to later deny the claim.

The Fulham striker, 29, had a superb season last year and has stated his desire to play in the Champions League.

But a move to Merseyside may be a bad one for the man they call "Deuce."

There are two things that may go against a move to Anfield for the Texan native.

Firstly with Liverpool being owned by FSG, an American organisation, people will say they have only bought Dempsey because he plays for the American national team.

Of course, these people would have no clue about football or ‘soccer’ as Dempsey has more than earned a move to one of the biggest teams in any of Europe’s biggest leagues.

His performances over the last two years for both Fulham and the national team have shown he is more than capable of playing at the highest level.

I would go as far as saying Clint Dempsey is the best American player of his generation and probably up there with the best American players of all time.

Any investment that was made by Liverpool would be based on footballing ability alone.

The price tag of £10million could prove to be the other stumbling block.

Dempsey is now 29 and, due to his achievements over the last couple of seasons, will carry a big transfer fee.

Spending this amount on a player of that age would probably go against the Reds' transfer ethos over the last couple of seasons, where they have looked to buy young players and mould them into the Liverpool way of playing.

Another thing to remember is that Clint Dempsey stated he wanted to play in the Champions League.

No disrespect to Liverpool, but at the moment they are a long way off Champions League quality.

Fulham fans would feel more than a little aggrieved if Dempsey left for a team who will be challenging for the Europa League places with them next season.

This is not to say Liverpool are not a massive club, because they are. But they don’t fit into the Champions League objective set by Dempsey.

Wherever he ends up, Clint Dempsey will make an impact, but there would be more obstacles on his path to success if that place were to be Anfield.

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