The Liverpool supporters are feeling confident about their chances of securing a place in the top-four this season after Chelsea were beaten by Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday night.
As things stand, there are only 2 points to separate Liverpool in 3rd place and Tottenham Hotspur in 5th place, and it’s more than likely that the race for a place in the top-four will go right down to the wire this season. Liverpool will naturally be desperate to qualify for the Champions League for plenty of self-explanatory reasons, and not least to convince Emre Can to sign a new contract with the club.
The German international midfielder has often divided opinion amongst the Liverpool faithful propping up by the bar in the Transfer Tavern, but nonetheless, the vast majority would be saddened by his departure. If Liverpool do indeed fail to qualify for the Champions League, then, it’s perfectly plausible that Can will refuse a contract extension and pursue his career away from Anfield.
With that being said, Liverpool’s hierarchy should be preparing for that potential eventuality by identifying a central-midfielder who could partner the incoming Naby Keita. One player who should certainly be on Liverpool’s radar is Watford’s French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt).
Doucoure has been an instrumental figure for Watford at the heart of their central midfield thus far this season. Since the opening day of the campaign, he has completed 90 minutes in all but one of Watford’s Premier League fixtures scoring 7 goals and providing 2 assists in the process.
His statistics are indeed an impressive reflection on his ability to influence the game in the final third, but that is just a single aspect of what he offers throughout a 90-minute match. Docoure’s performances have been regularly characterised by his ability to drive from box-to-box and express a creative flair whilst maintaining a determination to recover possession for his team.
The former Rennes player is still relatively new to the Premier League and still has to prove he is ready for the step up to one of the so-called big clubs, but if he continues to perform in the same vein this season then the 25-year-old could represent an ideal replacement for Emre Can at Liverpool next summer.
Liverpool fans – thoughts?
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