Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Clint Dempsey Deal Would Bring Much-Needed US Fans

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIAugust 14, 2012

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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Clint Dempsey is one of the most iconic footballers in all of the United States.

That normally wouldn't mean much for English Premier League teams, as the quality of American football is way below that on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, but Dempsey is different.

Dempsey is a special breed of American player and would be perfect for the Reds at Anfield Road.

According to The Daily Mail, Liverpool was on the verge of bringing in Clint Dempsey from Fulham for the reasonable price of £10 million.

However, that was back in July, and there hasn't been much news in that department since then. Dempsey is a must at Liverpool, though, so Brendan Rogers would be wise to see the signing through.

Liverpool hasn't been all that good over the last three seasons, so the higher-ups might as well take a chance on a player that they normally wouldn't.

Bringing in an American audience would be a huge advantage that Liverpool could give itself over other Premier League clubs. Right now, the American people don't have an EPL soccer team to root for. If Dempsey signs with Liverpool, there won't be a question as to who America's EPL team would be.

Not to mention that Dempsey's reported price would be a bargain for the Reds. The 29-year-old Texas native finished with 17 goals last season, good enough to tie for No. 4 in the Premier League.

The only three men that tallied more goals were Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero. The former two are making much more money than Dempsey is.

Liverpool doesn't have much in terms of scoring options on the wing either.

Stewart Downing was far from impressive last season and Craig Bellamy is no longer with the club, so this move seems like a no-brainer.

Dempsey's versatility should make him all the more attractive to Liverpool. Last season with Fulham, he played six positions. He spent most of his time at the left midfielder position, but played five games as both the attacking center midfielder and the center forward.

The Reds wouldn't be paying for a position-specific player—they would be paying for a player that can contribute from multiple areas of the field.

If the aforementioned reasons aren't enough to convince Liverpool, the club knows that they haven't done much of anything throughout the transfer process this offseason.

If nothing else, Dempsey could be used as a move to save face and keep the fans at bay. This shouldn't be a terribly difficult decision for those in charge at Liverpool.


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