Liverpool arrived pretty close to signing Jeremy Doku when he was just 15 several years previous, according to Reds professional Neil Jones in his most current column for the Day-to-day Briefing.
Talking exclusively to CaughtOffside for this piece, Jones heaped praise on Doku for his superb impression since becoming a member of Manchester Metropolis from Rennes this summer months, and admitted that there has been earlier interest from Liverpool.
Doku appears to be like like he could have been an interesting addition for the Merseyside giants, but it would seem he wasn’t eager on the move at the time, despite heading to the club’s Melwood instruction centre and conference with Jurgen Klopp and some of the players.
The Belgium global will now be up towards Liverpool for Town this weekend when the two sides satisfy in the Premier League’s big activity at the Etihad Stadium, and Klopp and co. could be remaining questioning what could’ve been, primarily if he has yet another excellent sport for Pep Guardiola’s aspect.
Discussing Doku’s earlier LFC inbound links, Jones said: “Liverpool will be up versus maybe the most fascinating player in the Leading League this weekend. Jeremy Doku has been sensational since becoming a member of Manchester Town, and Trent Alexander-Arnold and Co. will have their do the job slice out striving to halt the Belgian star.
“Doku was linked quite consistently to Liverpool in the course of his time at the two Anderlecht and Rennes, and I comprehend he was shut to transferring to Anfield as a 15-calendar year-previous. He has discovered himself that he was shown all-around the schooling floor (then Melwood) and that he had discussions with Jurgen Klopp and some senior Reds players, but chose to remain at Anderlecht.
“That was Liverpool’s prospect, since as soon as Doku was into the very first crew at Anderlecht, and after he experienced moved on to Rennes, it was in no way very likely that he would go to Merseyside.
“The Reds have continually qualified attacking players of a equivalent profile – flexible, aged involving 22 and twenty five, with a hundred and fifty+ senior games under their belt and with a confirmed output in conditions of plans and assists. Which is what they had been geared up to fork out major money for with the likes of Nunez, Diaz, Gakpo and Jota, and in advance of that Salah and Sadio Mane, and it has brought them plenty of achievement. They certainly have not struggled for talented still left-sided forwards in recent many years.
“A club like City is significantly far more likely to take a huge-money punt on a person like Doku. The great information for Pep Guardiola is it appears like the punt is likely to pay out off, significant time. Liverpool won’t regret lacking out on him very last summer season, but they may well regret their failure to change his head again in 2017…”