Speaking on the latest episode of The Done Deal Show, Pete O’Rourke revealed what Liverpool’s stance is on Jeremy Doku.
Liverpool have only been able to confirm the signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig this summer, and it’s been reported by The Athletic that the club must sell players before they look to bring in any more players.
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O’Rourke offered his insight into Liverpool’s interest in Doku.
“He’s been a long-term target for Jurgen Klopp’s side. When he was at Anderlecht, he was actually over almost for, not a trial, but he came around to look at the facilities, met Jurgen Klopp and some of the other staff at Liverpool before he decided to end up moving to Rennes in France.
“So, Liverpool have been watching Doku for a long time, they’ve obviously been monitoring him while he’s been in France. He’s had a good season over there as well, and we saw what he can do on the biggest stage at the Euros for Belgium when he played in that quarter-final against Italy.
“I thought he was electrifying in that game, he stood out there like a sore thumb in that game, he was just a real box of tricks, a real handful for the Italian defence, and we know how good the Italian defence is.”
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It’s been suggested that Stade Rennais will not accept anything less than €45m (£38.1m), and if that is the price tag, then it would almost certainly rule out Liverpool in the race to sign Doku given their current financial situation.
Doku only joined the French side from Anderlecht last summer for £23.4m, and for a winger that only managed to score two goals and register three assists in 30 Ligue 1 appearances, Liverpool may feel they’re best off looking elsewhere especially given their strength out wide with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota.
With a few weeks of the transfer window remaining, it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will act upon their interest in Doku, but perhaps another team with more secure finances will beat the Reds to his signature, with O’Rourke suspecting that the teenager will not be short of admirers.