Forget Lewis Cook: Liverpool should land this £10.8m-rated midfielder to replace Emre Can

The Liverpool fans have been in fine spirits in the Transfer Tavern of late due to their side’s impressive form in recent months, but they are concerned that their improvement may not be enough to keep Emre Can at the club beyond the summer.

The future of Emre Can has long been a genuine cause for concern amongst the resident Kopites propping up our bar in the tavern. The German international is set to become a free agent in just a few months time when his contract expires in June, and plenty of the supporters are beginning to plan for life after Can as a consequence.

Whether or not he will sign a contract extension at the club remains to be seen, but Jurgen Klopp should be devising a shortlist of potential replacements to prepare for his departure from the club. According to The Sun, Klopp has already identified a new central midfielder who could fill the void left by Can next summer, namely Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook.

Although there is no doubt that Cook has plenty of potential to improve at just 21-years-of-age, a move to Liverpool represents a slightly premature transfer at this stage in his career. With that being said, Klopp should hold off from bidding for Cook until he has been given time to develop and instead turn his attention towards Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt).

The 25-year-old midfielder has earned plenty of plaudits for his tireless performances at the heart of Watford’s midfield this season – particularly for his goal-scoring prowess which has seen him notch on 7 occasions to become the club’s top goalscorer. Doucoure has both the stamina and the tactical awareness to positively affect the game at both ends of the pitch without overly compromising either his defensive duties or his attacking influence, and his ability to perform a box to box midfield role would be invaluable on Merseyside.

Watford are edging ever closer to Premier League survival this season, but they would certainly not be in a promising position without Doucoure in midfield. The Liverpool hierarchy will be hoping to persuade Can to stay at the club beyond the end of the season, but if they are unable to reach an agreement with the former Bayern Munich employee then they should prioritise Doucoure’s signature over that of Lewis Cook next summer.

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