Doku could replace Mane at Liverpool – Phillips

Doku could replace Mane at Liverpool – Phillips
Jeremy Doku of Belgium attends a training session

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jul 28, 2021. 15:00

Premier League legend Kevin Phillips believes that Belgian forward Jeremy Doku would be a “sensible replacement” for Senegalese star Sadio Mane at Liverpool.

Doku, 19, is currently on the books of French Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais and recently caught the eye with some powerful performances in the colours of the Belgian national team at the European Championship.

His pace and dynamism are reminiscent of Mane, who has been a key player for Liverpool in recent years but had a diminishing goal return last season (down to 16 from 22 in the previous campaign) and is being linked with a possible exit from Anfield.

“I think he’s a sensible replacement for someone like Mane,” Phillips told Football Insider of Doku.

“He has that European and international experience so he could be an incredible signing.

“Doku would need regular football and it’s always hard to see if you will get it ahead of those Liverpool players.

“He had a great Euros and he’ll excite the fans. It depends how much Rennes ask for him.”

Mane has been on Liverpool’s books since 2016 and has scored 97 goals for the club in 218 appearances across all competitions.

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