Liverpool: Why Signing Clint Dempsey Is a Must Before the Transfer Window Closes

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Liverpool: Why Signing Clint Dempsey Is a Must Before the Transfer Window Closes
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Dempsey in action for the US National Team

During this transfer window alone, Liverpool have lost key, experienced players that can provide a goal threat from wide areas.

I'm talking specifically about Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez.

By my reckoning, that leaves Stewart Downing and Joe Cole as Liverpool's only attacking threats out wide.

From watching Swansea last season, we all know that Brendan Rodgers likes to play a slick, attractive brand of football and typically, that involves having a threat from wide areas.

That's why, for me, Liverpool must sign Clint Dempsey before the end of the transfer window.

Without being disrespectful, Dempsey scored a barrowload of goals for a "smaller" team like Fulham. So if you put him in a team that has attacking players like Gerrard, Suarez, Carroll and Borini, he should score even more.

I've said this before about Dempsey: his versatility, experience and consistency are almost invaluable, which is why Fulham are understandably reluctant to sell him.

Football is a different game now and despite what clubs may want to think, players have an increasing amount of power over their employers.

If someone wants to leave, then they'll find a way to leave.

Players like Clint Dempsey are just as important to Liverpool as Suarez and Borini.

You need flair players who can win games out of nothing. But you also need players filled with grit, determination and desire.

Dempsey has those qualities in abundance.

You can see he's someone that puts 100 percent effort into every game and he's not someone who's happy just letting the game pass him by.

According to the official Fulham website, Clint Dempsey has played 184 games for Fulham, scoring 50 goals.

That works out at an average of around a goal every 3.5 games, which isn't bad for someone playing at a mid-table club.

Moving for Dempsey could prove to be a very shrewd deal for Liverpool.

He'd give them what they're crying out for in midfield: a goal threat, experience and consistency.

If Liverpool are serious about challenging at the top end of the table, they can't let someone like Clint Dempsey slip through their fingers.

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