Abdoulaye Doucouré has recently told the world just how much he’d like to play for Liverpool one day.
We’ve been spuriously linked with the Frenchman in the press, and Watford’s powerhouse fancies the idea quite a lot.
“Liverpool is a club that needs no introduction,” Doucoure told Canal Plus, translated in the Watford Observer. “I was impatient to play at Anfield, I wanted to feel the atmosphere.
“For me it would be a dream to play for a club like this.”
He’s enjoying a good season and along with Richarlison, has been one of Watford’s best players.
But is he good enough to actively improve our midfield next season?
Not all Liverpool fans are convinced, actually, with heights clearly being set a little higher than the 25-year-old.
He’s rangy, athletic and comfortable on the ball, but we’d suggest Doucoure is not necessarily any better than Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Emre Can, Adam Lallana or James Milner – and especially not the incoming Naby Keita.
Keita’s transfer should benefit us hugely, but he already possesses dynamism and dribbling attributes in abundance.
Liverpool have more need for a deep-lying playmaker – someone who can play in Jordan Henderson’s position when the captain us unfit or out of form.
Doucoure doesn’t fit this bill…
He’s a big meh. He doesn’t foul much and doesn’t get dispossessed but he doesn’t pass that well, he isn’t gonna move the play forward. Need players better than this at a club like Liverpool imo. pic.twitter.com/Uk1jRBfL6e
— me (@vr271234) March 26, 2018
Either him or Ndidi would be great. Ndidi would offer more defensively but Doucoure would bring more in possession.
— Mikey O’Brien (@MikeyO_BrienLFC) March 26, 2018
Tbh i think I’d rather have him than n’didi. Think he’s immense runs box to box great energy can tackle can score goals from deep. I’d take him 100%
— James Turrell (@JamesTuz87) March 26, 2018
Good player doucoure, can I see him in a red shirt, not too sure
— Alan Lowey (@lowey2403) March 26, 2018
Fair enough, I think he’s quality. Better than Henderson.
— Henry Flynn (@quiqueflynn5) March 26, 2018
No I don’t rate , sorry
— the big red 1 (@Leslie412819862) March 26, 2018
N to the O.. Hell No!!
— Advait (@_AdvaitVeer_) March 26, 2018
if Doucoure wants to join the Reds, we should grant him his wish. he’ll slot into midfield nicely.
— Leonard Archer 🐻 (@fishpainting) March 26, 2018
Ndidi- Similar to Doucoure however Doucoure better with possession Ndidi better defensively, perfect cdm for us, if we can get him for under £40m would be a class signing. pic.twitter.com/rRIEhzmnex
— ً (@Virgiloholic) March 26, 2018