Jol blocking Dempsey move
After Martin Jol claimed Clint Dempsey had told him he no longer wanted to play for Fulham, most Liverpool fans assumed that it was just a matter of time before the USA striker completed a move to Anfield. However, it now looks as though there could be a future at Craven Cottage for the Liverpool target, with Jol now saying that the player does have the chance to make a U-turn.
Dempsey has been linked with the Reds throughout the summer and it has been reported that Brendan Rodgers has had several bids rejected. However, it appears as though Dempsey has already had his head turned and reportedly told Jol that he had no intention of playing for the Cottagers on the eve of their first game of the season. As you would expect, the rumours over a possible move intensified again although Jol’s latest comments could cast doubt on a possible transfer.
After being asked questions over the 29-year-old’s future, Jol said, “Of course. It’s better if he stays here because there’s no offer for us on the table. Hopefully we can change the situation.”
Jol’s opening remarks on the situation confirm that the Reds have not yet matched Fulham’s valuation, although whether or not that changes over the course of the next couple of weeks is another matter. Liverpool’s frailties were there for all to see during the 3-0 defeat to West Brom and everyone could see that the acquisition of new players is a necessity.
However, as time progresses it appears less and less likely that Dempsey will be joining the Rodgers revolution. As well as Jol’s most recent comments, rumours are rife that Liverpool are simply not willing to pay £9m for the 29-year-old, even if the player did manage an impressive 23 goals in the top flight last term. With Jol now open to keeping Dempsey, the American at least has a backup plan despite his initial decision in refusing to play.