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Transfer News: Liverpool interested in 18-year-old Belgian wonderkid with 5 international caps

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Liverpool have been linked with Belgian starlet Jeremy Doku

Sport Witness have cited a report from Het Laaste Nieuw (h/t Daily Express), which states that the profile of Belgian winger Jeremy Doku still ‘appeals to Liverpool’.

The report states that the Reds were supposedly interested in signing Jeremy Doku last summer but opted against the move. However, ‘his profile appeals to Liverpool’ despite Liverpool choosing not to pursue the 18-year-old last summer. (h/t Daily Express)

The Belgian winger just signed a 5-year contract this season with his new club Stade Rennais in France. It is unlikely that the ex-Anderlecht man will move on so quickly in January, but it could be a transfer that Liverpool have in mind in the coming years. (h/t Daily Express)

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Jeremy Doku (R) has already won 5 caps for the senior Belgium side. (GETTY Images)

His heatmap indicates that he is a winger comfortable playing on both sides of the flanks. The Belgian had 6 goals and 7 assists in 37 appearances since making his senior debut for his former club Anderlecht in November 2018.

Liverpool do not have a shortage of wingers, with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino, and Xherdan Shaqiri all capable of playing on the wings.

Liverpool have a prodigal winger of their own. The 17-year-old loaned-out Harvey Elliott has scored once and assisted thrice in his 8 Championship games with Blackburn Rovers this season.

However, with both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah turning 29 next year, Liverpool can start planning for the future and prepare for life after Jurgen Klopp. Also, no matter how much depth and quality a club has, they should always keep an eye out for talented young players like Jeremy Doku.

Jeremy Doku signed a 5 year deal with Stade Rennes recently and hence won't be an ideal January target for Liverpool. (GETTY Images)

The young Belgian signed a 5 year deal with Stade Rennes recently and hence won’t be an ideal January target. (GETTY Images)

Doku would be a smashing signing considering his potential and can aid the club in the future while also providing the team with quality depth and competition in the short-term. His talent is also recognized by Belgium’s coach Roberto Martinez, who has already started the 18-year-old 5 times this year for the Belgian national team.

Whether the club act on their interest is a different story, and for now, the best bet seems like waiting for Doku to develop further and see out his Rennes contract a little bit more.

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