Fuel was added to the fire when reports revealed that the American did not travel to Switzerland for the club's preseason training camp. The decision created speculation that the forward could be attempting to facilitate a move to the Anfield club.
The rumor mill picked up even more steam when further reports (Goal.com) revealed that the clubs were discussing a potential part-exchange deal involving Charlie Adam or Stewart Downing.
Needless to say, Clint Dempsey could well be on his way to putting on a Liverpool shirt.
However, as with any transfer dealing, it very well could fall through. In this event, Liverpool will still need a right-sided player to provide lethal attack down that flank.
Let's take a look at four alternatives to Clint Dempsey, should a deal fail to materialize.