Liverpool have reportedly been linked with a move for 20-year-old Belgian attacker Jeremy Doku once again.
Jeremy Doku was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool before he moved to Rennes, and it seems they are still keeping tabs on him. According to a report from Calciomercato, the Reds retains an interest in the 20-year-old forward. And it will be interesting to see if Liverpool decide to make a move in the January transfer window.
Liverpool invited Doku along with his family a few years ago to convince him to move to Anfield. However, back then, Romelu Lukaku convinced the player to continue at Anderlecht. After impressing at UEFA Euro 2020 with Belgium, Ligue 1 outfit Rennes snapped him up. But the move has not gone according to plan for the young winger.
Once tipped to replace Sadio Mane at Liverpool, Doku has struggled with persistent injury problems at the Ligue 1 club. And he has failed to live up to the expectations. So it will be interesting to see if Rennes are willing to cash in on the player in the upcoming windows. Doku has been linked with Newcastle United as well.
There is no doubt that Liverpool could use more quality in their attacking unit. But signing Doku might be a gamble for now. Also, the player is unlikely to be a regular starter at Anfield, especially with Luis Diaz expected to be ahead of him in the pecking order.
The Liverpool squad is already riddled with plenty of injury-prone players. And Doku has been one of the most injury-prone players in Ligue 1 over the last couple of seasons. The 20-year-old has missed 34 games through fitness issues since August 2021.
Furthermore, the Reds are better off focusing on a central midfielder for now amid links with Ismael Bennacer, Jude Bellingham, and others. Klopp desperately needs a quality central midfielder, and the Reds should direct their resources into bringing in someone who can replace the likes of Jordan Henderson and James Milner.
As for Doku, he is still quite young and has a lot of time to fulfil his tremendous potential. For now, a move to Liverpool might not be ideal for both parties.