Jeremy Doku is among the transfers Liverpool are looking at, according to reports. There’s one trait about the winger they’ll absolutely love.
Journalist Sacha Tavolieri told The Anfield Talk this week that Liverpool want Jeremy Doku. He’d cost around £38m and the Reds are high on him.
Now, there are several reasons why such a move makes sense. Doku is a very talented young player who recently shone for Belgium at Euro 2020.
On top of that, he’s a player Liverpool have scouted for a while. They even tried to sign Doku a few years ago, per the Guardian, but the Belgian went elsewhere.
Doku is a pacey, direct winger, too – that fits in wonderfully well with Liverpool. The Reds thrive on players like that, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah being a huge part of the Reds’ success.
But while all of that is great, there may be one trait about Doku that makes Liverpool want to sign him right now.
Liverpool transfers: Jeremy Doku
Liverpool have a problem right now – the Premier League homegrown rules. The Reds’ squad is packed with experienced foreign players and that makes transfers difficult.
Clubs are only allowed 17 of their 25 registered players to be from outside of England and Wales. That doesn’t mean they need to have been born here, rather they need to have been developed here.
The Premier League count that as anyone who played three years for an English or Welsh club before the age of 21.
As we’ve explained before, Liverpool are right up against that mark. They need to move on foreign players to clear room for more. But there is another way to do it.
The ‘loophole’ is that players under 21 don’t need to register. That hands teams a great advantage if you have young first-team players.
And this is where Doku comes in. He’s still only 19, meaning Liverpool wouldn’t need to worry about his registration. A transfer would also give them two years to clear space for him (before he’s over 21), while he’s more than good enough to contribute in that time.
Another factor to consider is that if Liverpool want two foreign players, they’d have to move on two players. But with Doku being 19, they’d only need room for one.
That makes things much easier if, say, they had interest in Renato Sanches.
So Liverpool might be onto something here. In signing Doku, they can add to their squad while working within Homegrown regulations.