“I will make him a world-class player” – watch Jurgen Klopp identify his ‘next Sadio Mane as Liverpool could return for £18m forward
Although Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp may have already found the “next Sadio Mané,” the Reds will probably have to wait a bit before making a transfer.
Sadio Mané is no longer a member of the Liverpool team, and as he stated earlier this week: it feels strange.
However with Sadio mane’s absence, Liverpool will be without an attacker who made 259 appearances, scored 120 goals, and was the Reds’ first ‘transformational’ acquisition under Jürgen Klopp.
And because most people still have the unsettling thought that Mohamed Salah might go for another team next year in the forefront of their minds, they will need to have a future plan for their forward line.
This means that while Nunez for Mané was the trade this summer, there will be more attacking arrivals in the next transfer windows, and there are high aspirations for players like Kaide Gordon as they progress through the Academy system.
Another young player that Liverpool has kept an eye on and undoubtedly will continue to do so is Jérémy Doku, who is only 20 years old and currently has a Transfermarkt value of £18 million. In 2018, they made a pretty serious attempt to entice him to join them.
Doku, who was 16 at the time, apparently spent some time visiting Melwood with Mané and Gini Wijnaldum.
The man who would have been Doku Junior’s coach at the U18s level, Steven Gerrard, Doku Senior later recalled, showed him tactical videos as part of the pitch.
He also allegedly had a conversation with Jürgen Klopp, who allegedly told him that he could actually be the new Mané.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Ajax and PSV were all also interested with the Belgian then at Anderlecht, but he ultimately chose Rennes as his next destination seemingly a sensible next step, given that is where the likes of Raphinha and Ismaïla Sarr were developed before moving on to bigger things.
An injury-riddled season last year prevented him from kicking on, but the talent is still there. He might only have got two goals in 18 appearances last season, but in future, those numbers could and should increase.
This summer’s business for Liverpool is probably over. However, given that the Reds and their manager, Klopp, are already big admirers of Doku, this may be something to keep an eye on in the future.
Liverpool has a history of going back for long-term objectives after missing out the first time, and should Doku eventually live up to his potential, they may do so once again.
Doku would not even have to wait until next summer as he is only 20 years old. Raphinha’s relocation to Leeds United is a fantastic example of how he might make more than one move before reaching the absolute top.
Doku, a gifted Belgian forward, is still someone to watch in the interim because Liverpool typically purchases players who are three to four years older than he is right now.