Jeremy Doku made his bow in Euro 2020 on Monday. He put in a display that proved Liverpool right.
Jeremy Doku caught the eye against Finland on Monday as he made his tournament debut for Belgium. The winger started in a much-changed side, flanking Romelu Lukaku with Eden Hazard.
Those are two enormous names for Doku to stand aside, of course. The Rennes man only turned 19 last month and his selection goes some way to showing how talented he is.
His performance went even further to doing that, though.
Jeremy Doku at Euro 2020
Doku really caught the eye against Finland. He was rapid, willing to run at players and quite creative.
He finished the game having created three chances for teammates – only Kevin De Bruyne topped that. Doku also got off a couple of shots at goal, won a header, ran at players four times and even completed a couple of tackles.
That’s an all-action display and one that may leave Rennes sweating a little this summer over potential offers. One could always come from Liverpool, too.
The Reds tried to sign Doku a few years ago, with the playing meeting with Jurgen Klopp and then-youth coach Steven Gerrard back in 2018. The player’s father told Het Nieuwsblad that the club saw his son as a long-term Sadio Mane replacement.
And judging from Doku’s performance for Belgium at the Euros, he seems to fit that build. He can create chances, put in a defensive shift and has the pace to threaten.
It’s all stuff Liverpool love – but could they actually bid?
Could Liverpool move for Doku?
Fabrizio Romano claims Liverpool have made an attacker a ‘priority’ this summer. In that regard, Doku fits the bill nicely.
He’s already at a good level, though not such a star that he’d command a first-team place. His age (19) makes him perfect to take over when the current stars start to fade, too.
The issue is that Rennes paid over £20m to sign Doku from Anderlecht. That was only last year and we can’t imagine they’re willing to sell for less than that. Or even anything relatively similar.
Liverpool couldn’t sign Doku cheap, then. But perhaps there’s no need to. Doku could be a star in the marking, as the Reds thought three years ago.
He might be worth every penny of an extravagant fee – especially if you get 10 years out of him. The better Doku plays at Euro 2020, the more he justifies that thinking.
And the more Liverpool can justify making him that priority attacking signing.