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Liverpool may feel they have made a big transfer mistake after seeing Jeremy Doku break into the Premier League with Manchester City. The Reds were previously reported to have had ‘express permission’ to strike a deal for the forward but never acted upon laying the groundwork for a move.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have made a strong start to the season, with their good form fueling talk of whether Liverpool could push for the Premier League title after their significant spending spree.
The Reds reshaped their midfield ranks with the arrivals of Alexis McAllister, Ryan Gravenberch, Wataru Endo and Dominik Szoboszlai. However, despite the quartet laying down the fort at Anfield, Liverpool may be regretting not doing business before.
According to Het Laatste Nieuws, the Reds had the opportunity to sign exciting winger Doku while he was playing for Anderlecht. The forward came through the Belgian side’s academy before breaking into their first team as a teenager, and was firmly on Liverpool’s radar at the time.
After being snapped up by the Stellar Group agency, interest in Doku grew, with Arsenal, Chelsea, City and Ajax among those to express interest in the hope of ‘seducing’ the then teenager. to leave Anderlecht.
Liverpool have been the most successful in talks with the Belgian outfit and are said to have reached an agreement with the club in January 2018 which would see leader Lazar Markovic on loan in the opposite direction. In that deal, he clearly stated that Doku would be involved in the move and allowed the Reds to talk to the former Rennes star.
The forward then traveled to Merseyside for talks and the higher powers at Anfield pulled out all the stops to try and convince him to put pen to paper with the club, offering a property, a lucrative contract and an extensive insight into how the club is planning. his future. However, Doku was not convinced and chose to pen a contract extension with Anderlecht instead, feeling that he would prefer to develop further before moving to the Premier League.
The decision was a major blow to Liverpool’s plans, and their desperation to sign the Belgian player is now being defended on a weekly basis. Doku has flourished at City and has already been described as one of the most exciting forwards in Europe with his electric pace and mazy dribbles – and Liverpool will feel they have really slipped up without going any further. to secure his services.
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