Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has revealed his admiration for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey, reportedly a transfer target for Liverpool and other Premier League clubs this summer.
Dempsey has impressed at Craven Cottage this season, bagging 16 league goals to make him the highest scoring American in a single Premier League season.
His form has sparked rumours he could head for pastures new at the end of the current campaign, with Liverpool and Arsenal both heavily linked with a move for the 29-year-old come the end of the season.
Werner insisted it is not Liverpool’s style to comment on another club’s players but admitted Dempsey was a player he personally admired.
"We never talk publicly about our transfer targets. However, any team would be lucky to have Clint Dempsey playing on their squad,” the Liverpool chairman told Goal.com.
Werner’s comments are likely to spark fresh rumours about Dempsey’s potential switch to Anfield, while Arsenal’s interest in the former New England Revolution has been confirmed after the club’s chief scout Steve Rowley was spotted watching him earlier this season.
Dempsey is in the final year of his current contract with Fulham, with the Cottagers fearful he could turn down a lucrative contract extension and walk away from the club this summer.
Fulham are determined to keep hold of their prized asset, but Fulham boss Martin Jol admitted last month that there is little he can do if Dempsey decides his future lies elsewhere.
“We’re talking to him and hopefully we’ll get it right,” he told The Sun in April.
“If you’ve a year to go, it’s hard to keep someone — even if you want to.
“You can keep him on that deal until it finishes but of course that’ll be a difficult situation for everyone.
“So hopefully that’s the main priority, that’s what I want to focus on. Can we keep him? We’ve made him a good offer and if not we must wait and see until the summer.”