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Dembele has scored 12 Ligue 1 goals this season.

Jurgen Klopp contacts £28m-rated Ousmane Dembele over Liverpool move

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Liverpool will be gearing up for a busy and potentially fruitful summer amidst all the speculation linking them with a number of exciting European talents.

Having the much-loved Jurgen Klopp as manager will undoubtedly play a vital role in luring the very best to Anfield given the German's charm and renowned pedigree.

Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze, who Klopp managed during his time at Borussia Dortmund, has recently been rumoured with a move and is the sort of big name needed to bolster Liverpool's prospects heading into the 2016/17 term.

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The Reds' future looks bright following what has been a promising seven months under their eccentric German boss.

Klopp steered them to a Capital One Cup final against Manchester City in February - which they lost - and most recently guided them into the Europa League final.

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His focus isn't just on winning silverware, though. According to the Guardian, Klopp had a phone call with French wonderkid Ousmane Dembele earlier this week in a bid to sign him.

The 18-year-old sensation is also a reported target of Dortmund's and will cost somewhere in the region of £28 million.

Competition is likely to be high for Dembele's signature given the sheer amount of clubs monitoring his situation, with Barcelona and Bayern also interested.

Premier League champions Leicester City have also made contact with the exciting youngster, but according to the Mirror, he rejected their advances.

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"I had Claudio Ranieri on the phone," Dembele told Ouest-France, "I was surprised to hear from him.

"I told him that I will not go to Leicester. I know where I am going."

What's certain is Dembele is on the move - where to remains a complete mystery.

And it's no wonder he's the subject of so much interest following a remarkable rise to stardom with French outfit Rennes. The attacking midfielder became the youngest player to reach ten Ligue 1 goals in mid-March and has since extended his season's tally to 12.

Dembele would be a perfect fit for Liverpool and Klopp following the German's recent comments on the type of players he wants to sign this summer.

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He told Sky Sports News: "You need to be a little bit more independent from the injury situation.

"When we have a good pre-season and when we can give the boys a good base it should be different, really different.

"You can never be sure, so of course we need players. We'll try to find players that will give us the opportunity to become better.

"If they are better then good, but if they are the same level that would be really good too. Then we can push each other onto another level."

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