The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to the summer transfer window due to the imminent arrival of Naby Keita, but recent reports suggest that Abdoulaye Doucoure could also be joining him in the summer.
The future of Emre Can still hangs in the balance at Liverpool, but the resident Reds faithful propping up our bar are feeling relaxed about his situation due to Keita’s pending transfer. Although the majority of supporters would prefer to see Can sign a contract extension rather than lose him for nothing in the summer, they are also being realistic about the situation and are resigned to the fact that he will probably leave at the end of the season.
In light of this, rumours concerning a whole host of replacements have been rife in the British media of late. Watford’s top-goalscorer Abdoulaye Doucoure has been a central figure within these rumours, and recent reports from The Express have served to intensify speculation linking the Frenchman with a move to Anfield. According to the report, Doucoure has described the prospect of moving to Liverpool as a “dream”, so it’s explicitly clear that he is interested in moving to Merseyside this summer.
The quality of Doucoure’s performances so far this season suggest he is ready for the step up in class to a top-four side during the next campaign, but the fact he has only demonstrated his ability for a short period of time should deter Klopp from making a bid this summer.
Doucoure (valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt) has been a revelation at the heart of Watford’s midfield this season with his box to box style of play. The ability to influence the game at both ends of the pitch is an admirable quality which is difficult to come by, but despite this, Liverpool should exert some patience before committing to a big-money deal.
As Watford’s most valuable player, it’s likely he will command a hefty price tag in the summer window, so Liverpool would be wise to monitor his progress for another season before committing to a deal. Football has taught us that one-season-wonders are a common feature of the game, so signing a player based on his performances during a single campaign is rather ill-advised.
The 25-year-old midfielder still needs to prove himself to justify a move to Liverpool, so The Reds should wait until the January window or the summer window of 2019 to assess his ability and decide whether he is capable of making the step up to Champions League football.