In a recent interview, Jeremy Doku opened up about why he rejected Liverpool last summer. Even though his father wanted him to join the Merseyside club, Doku believed that it was too soon.
“I knew that I first wanted to make an intermediate step. Going to a top club now would be too soon. I still have a lot to learn and Rennes is the ideal place for that.“– Jeremy Doku
While at Anderlecht in 2018, the Belgian winger accepted Liverpool’s invitation for Jeremy and his family to travel to Merseyside. Whilst there, Doku held talks with Jurgen Klopp and met with Sadio Mane.
After a verbal agreement to join the club had been reached, Anderlecht opened talks for then Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic. Much to Liverpool’s dismay, Anderlecht’s owner managed to persuade Doku to stay at the club for another year.
Fast forward to the summer of 2019. Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp renewed their interest in the young winger. Like a broken record, Liverpool failed to sign Jeremy Doku for the second straight year.
This time, Doku did move, just not to Liverpool. The 18 year-old left his native country of Belgium and joined Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais, better known as Rennes.
Rennes is not LiverpoolJeremy Doku speaking to Het Nieuwsbald
Jeremy Doku believed that the level of play in Ligue 1 was a step above the Jupiler Pro League and a good place for him to hone his craft before making the leap to a club of Liverpool’s stature.
When speaking of the leap from Belgium to France, the young winger said,
Although he has not scored a goal this season for Rennes, Liverpool will surely come knocking on his door again.
When he met with Klopp during his Anfield visit, Belgian Newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported that the Liverpool boss suggested Doku could be Mane’s successor.
With strong words like that, it is safe to assume that Liverpool will be keeping tabs on the young Belgian and make a move for him in the future.