Clint Dempsey: Team USA Star Would Be Great Addition for Liverpool

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10:  Clint Dempsey of Fulham (L) beats James Collins of Aston Villa in the air during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Villa Park on March 10, 2012 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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New manager Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool need to improve upon their 2011-12 campaign, and one way to begin that process on the right foot would be to bring USA National Team and Fulham star Clint Dempsey to Anfield.

And it would appear that transfer is in the works. From the Mirror Online:

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to bid £7.5 million for Fulham's American star Clint Dempsey in his first major transfer raid.

Rodgers wants to snap up Dempsey quickly and tie up a deal before the Kop fly to the shooting star's homeland next week.

Dempsey had a sensational season for Fulham but may have to be sold as his deal is running down and he fancies a 'glamour' move at this stage of his career - with the Anfield club prepared to pay.

The Mirror has also reported that Fulham could use Dempsey as an asset to send along to Liverpool, as the Cottagers hope to pry Andy Carroll away from the Reds.

Dempsey had a fantastic 2011-12 season for Fulham, scoring 23 goals and tallying six assists in all competitions for the team. But how would he fit in with Liverpool?

Bleacher Report soccer scribe Will Tidey believes Rodgers will utilize a 4-3-3 formation this season, and Dempsey would fit in as one of the wings in the attacking third, likely opposite Luis Suarez on the other side.

That would leave either Andy Carroll as the lone striker, or perhaps Fabio Borini if he ends up coming to Anfield on a transfer, as rumors have suggested is in the works.

No matter who ends up as the team's striker, the team would have some serious goal-scoring punch with Dempsey, Suarez and Steven Gerrard's ability to blast long-range goals from the midfield. You can't tell me you wouldn't be excited about watching Liverpool  next season if the crafty and creative Dempsey was added to the squad.

He may not replicate his 23-goal season for Liverpool—truthfully, with more talent around him he won't need to for the Reds to have success—but he'll certainly add some spice to the team's attack.

It seems like the perfect fit, and I would expect this rumor will become truth soon enough.

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