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Liverpool Showing Strong Interest In This Rennes Winger: Should Klopp Acquire His Services?

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A report from Liverpool Echo suggests that the Merseyside club have expressed a “strong” interest in the talented winger Jeremy Doku from Rennes. The Belgian player was previously linked with a move to Anfield two years ago and is reportedly back on Liverpool’s radar. It is stated that Rennes will not consider a transfer unless a fee of at least €50 million (£42.8 million) is agreed upon.

Doku’s Impressive Run Form In Ligue 1 Last Season

The Belgium talent has enjoyed a decent season at the French club after he put in a few impressive displays for them in the final third. Doku scored six goals and earned two assists in 33 matches for Rennes in the previous campaign in all competitions.

The 21-year-old has caught the eye in the opposition half by averaging 0.9 shots, 1.0 key passes and 3.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in Ligue 1 football. He has even distributed the ball accurately after making 86.4% of his attempted passes in the top tier of French football (stats via whoscored).

Jeremy Doku linked to Liverpool
Belgium’s forward Jeremy Doku reacts during the UEFA Euro 2024 group F qualification football match between Estonia and Belgium in Tallinn on June 20, 2023. (Photo by Raul MEE / AFP) (Photo by RAUL MEE/AFP via Getty Images)

Should Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Bring Him Aboard?

Doku is an excellent dribbler with the ball at his feet and has the eye to unlock the opponent’s defence with a few decisive passes from the wide areas. He can even shoot the ball from long distances with power and accuracy. However, the Belgium talent has to figure out a way to be more prolific in front of the goal if he wants to continue playing at the highest level.

Doku is primarily a right-winger but remains versatile enough to function on both the flanks playing in the wide areas if required.

We can expect the Belgian to bring more firepower to Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp‘s attack. He would serve as a sporadic member and add more depth to the Merseyside club’s attacking department.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to bring Doku aboard at Liverpool rests with Jurgen Klopp and the club’s management. They would also need to consider the financial implications, as his reported price tag of €50 million (£42.8 million) is substantial. If the Reds can negotiate with the French outfit to lower the transfer fee, then Doku could be a shrewd acquisition.

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