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Dempsey Out, Konchesky In?

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LONDON ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  Clint Dempsey of Fulham celebrates scoring a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Birmingham City at Craven Cottage on November 27 2010 in London England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Clint Dempsey of Fulham celebrates scoring a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Birmingham City at Craven Cottage on November 27 2010 in London England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Rumours are ever-growing that fan-favourite and top-scorer Clint Dempsey may well be on his way out of Fulham to take up a striking role at Premier League rivals Liverpool, with left-back Paul Konchesky coming the other way.

It strikes me as a slightly far-fetched deal, but, with Kenny Daglish citing goals as the key to success, Liverpool appear to want a new partner for Spaniard Fernando Torres and see our supposed 'interest' in Konchesky as the perfect opportunity to pull Dempsey from our firm grasps.

Even though the American is naturally a midfielder, in Zamora's absence the 27 year-old has been deployed as a makeshift forward where he has caused many problems for opposing defences; especially with his aerial prowess. With 6 goals to his name this term, however, he's hardly been prolific and with his natural place on the field being in the centre of the park, it comes as a surprise that Liverpool plan to use him up-front.

What does make sense, though, is the marketing potential of Dempsey at Liverpool, with the new owners at Anfield, of course, being American.

Alongside the potential departure of Dempsey, we have the proposed acquisition of Paul Konchesky; again, a rather skew-if idea if you ask me. Apparently Salcido's form has failed to impress the gaffer that bought him, Mark Hughes, and Sparky therefore wants to bring in a natural left back to take the current place of Chris Baird. On the surface it seems sensible, but I think, despite being right footed, Baird is doing a fine job and even further down the pecking order, the likes of Salcido and Briggs are perfect cover.

While the Mexican may have his defensive flaws, there's no doubt that he is one of the best full backs in the league when it comes to swiping the ball into the box and bagging assists, which, at the end of the day, can be as important as defending astutely, and, as for Briggs, we all know the importance of allowing youth to flourish and there seems to be no-one of better potential than the Internationally accredited left-back.

So, upon assessment, selling Dempsey would weaken our strike force a great deal, while bringing in Konchesky would not only be a huge step back in terms of quality, but, an entirely unnecessary use of our tightly-controlled money.