Martin Jol has confirmed that midfielder Clint Dempsey wants to leave Fulham this summer after being left out of the squad to face Norwich City on Saturday.
The United States international has played no part in the Cottagers’ training camp in Switzerland earlier this month amid interest from Liverpool.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been vocal in his desire to bring him to Anfield but is yet to make a formal approach although he did reveal to the club’s official website in July that he had made an inquiry.
It was then claimed by Massachusetts-based news channel New England Sports Network (NESN) that the 29-year-old was official a Liverpool player.
That infuriated Jol but he has now admitted that Dempsey, who scored 23 goals last term, wants to leave Craven Cottage and will play no part against the Canaries.
“Clint was not involved over the last four weeks so he is not going to be in the squad.
“He is not committed to the club. He wants to leave.
“I would like to keep him, but I think it’s impossible. It’s a sad and an almost embarrassing situation.”
Dempsey has been training separately from his teammates for much of pre-season and has made it clear that he wants a move to a bigger club that can fulfil is ambitions to play in the Champions League.
With just two weeks left before the transfer window closes Jol expects Merseyside counterpart Rodgers to come in with a bid but warned him the attacker won’t be sold on the cheap.
“Maybe Liverpool will come back,” he said.
“I can assure you that our chairman is strong enough. At first we didn’t want to get rid of him, later on we had to change our position.
“But our view is that we won’t let Clint Dempsey go on the cheap, that’s for sure.”