Liverpool transfer target Jeremy Doku explains reason for snubbing Reds in 2018

Anderlecht starlet Jeremy Doku has opened up on his decision to snub a move to Liverpool in 2018 – despite both of his parents urging him to join the Premier League club.

Doku, 18, burst onto the scene at Anderlecht as a 16-year-old, making his professional debut for the Belgian club in November 2018.

Yet before doing so Liverpool pulled out all the stops to try and sign the winger, inviting him over to meet the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Steven Gerrard at their Melwood training complex.

In the end Doku, who received his first two Belgium caps earlier this month, chose to continue his development at Anderlecht.

Yet according to Dutch outlet Het Nieuwsblad, Liverpool have reignited their interest in the youngster, who they regard as a potential successor to Sadio Mane on Merseyside.

It is believed the Premier League champions are prepared to sign Doku and loan him back to Anderlecht for the 2020/21 campaign.

In a recent interview with De Zondag, Doku was asked to name the most difficult moment of his career so far.

“That was when I was fifteen and I had to choose between staying with Anderlecht or going to Liverpool,” he said.

When asked if fellow Belgian Romelu Lukaku urging him to stay at Anderlecht was a crucial factor, the Liverpool target said: “No. He advised me to stay, but from the beginning my goal was to stay.

“At least if Anderlecht was willing to make an effort, which they eventually did.

“My parents and my manager know this very well. My father wanted me to go to Liverpool and my mother too, but I said, “No, I want to stay”.

“For me that was the best path and it has always been in my head.

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“I did listen to Romelu’s advice, but I make decisions about my future myself.”

Doku has made a total of 35 appearances for Anderlecht, registering five goals and four assists for the club.

He still has two years remaining on his current contract, meaning Liverpool will reportedly have to pay ‘tens of millions’ to sign him.

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