Liverpool had a number of attacking candidates on their summer wish-list yet opted to make Diogo Jota their No.1 target, which turned out to be a stroke of genius from the club’s behalf. Another player who was on that wish-list was Belgium international Jeremy Doku.
According to Het Laaste Nieuws, the English champions remain interested in Doku despite adding Jota from Wolves in a £45 million deal in September.
Liverpool are keeping a close eye on the 18-year-old’s progress at Rennes having joined from Anderlecht earlier in the summer.
Jurgen Klopp and the Reds were also interested by the prospect of adding Watford forward Ismaila Sarr while Jonathan Davids, then of Genk, was also an attacking target.
HLN, meanwhile, also report that Doku was also under consideration for an Anfield switch, before deciding Jota was the more viable and experienced option to bring guaranteed success.
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Doku instead joined Ligue 1 outfit Rennes in a £27 million deal, but this hasn’t ruled out any future interest from Liverpool’s behalf.
After all, it wasn’t too long ago that Liverpool went on a scouting mission to lure Doku away from the esteemed Anderlecht academy in 2018.
HLN reports that Doku, then 16, was given a personal tour of Melwood and was introduced to the likes of Steven Gerrard and Klopp.
The German manager believes that Doku could eventually be Sadio Mane’s long-term successor which could be sooner than anticipated judging by the ECHO’s latest report.
According to journalist Ian Doyle, he expects one of either Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino or Mane to leave the club next summer in a big money deal.
This comes from the Liverpool ECHO. In a Q&A on the ECHO’s site, Doyle went over questions from supporters in regards to relevant topics at the club such as injuries and potential transfers.
There was even a big prediction from Doyle as to when one or two of Liverpool’s pedigreed three will be sold or not.
“I’ve for some time been of the opinion this would be the last season Salah, Firmino and Mane start regularly together, and that was before Jota was signed,” he said.
“Now it appears at the very least they’ll be rotated more often. My hunch – and that is all it is, a hunch – is one of the main three could leave in the summer for very big money.”
If this were the case it would speed up the need for a viable and long-term replacement. Doku would certainly fit the bill in that regard.
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