Despite the much-anticipated addition of Naby Keita this summer, it appears Liverpool’s midfield might be a bit light. The Reds have already cashed the check—no refunds, Barcelona—for one midfield want-away, and all indications point to Emre Can being out the door this summer as well.
It appears that the Liverpool staff are working hard to rectify this problem, with a link emerging to Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, confirmed by the player himself on French TV.
“But I’m at Watford for the moment and I want to finish my season well.”
Doucoure, a 25-year-old center mid who can play as a holding midfielder, currently leads 11th place Watford in scoring, banging in 7 and adding 2 assists in 26 league starts. Not a bad return at all for a midfielder. And he managed to score against Liverpool on opening day, because of course he did.
Doucoure played in the French international youth set up until 2014, but has since failed to earn a senior international cap.
He might not be the most exciting prospect for Liverpool fans, we could do worse. And if Jurgen Klopp wants him, that’s good enough for me.
Of course, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt, even if it is from the player himself. Doucoure and his agent might be looking to create interest, or get Watford to offer up an improved contract.
Regardless, I’m sure he will not be the last midfielder linked to Liverpool before the transfer window opens again in July.