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Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele: Liverpool move was close...

Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele admits he was close to joining Liverpool in 2016.

Dembele has revealed that he picked a move to Borussia Dortmund over Liverpool and Barca back in 2016, before finally moving to the Nou Camp a year later.

He shot to prominence when, as a teenager, he scored 12 goals in 26 games for Ligue 1 side Rennes, a total which attracted the attention of several of Europe's big clubs.

"I spoke to three clubs (when leaving Rennes)," he said. "Dortmund, Liverpool and Barcelona.

"I had an appointment with FC Barcelona. I told them, 'For next season, it will not be possible. But the next time you contact me, I'll come. ' And that's what happened."

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