The parents of Jeremy Doku have revealed how the Anderlecht starlet was being lined up by Liverpool as a potential successor to Sadio Mane.
The 17-year-old attacker is currently lighting up the Jupiler Pro League, making 22 appearances and scoring six goals in all competitions for the club this season.
Doku is out of contract in 2021 with Anderlecht, but he could have left the club in the last couple of years after being spotted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Liverpool.
The player even visited Melwood and was spoken to by Jurgen Klopp and Steven Gerrard, but Anderlecht pushed hard to keep the youngster.
“At the age of sixteen Jeremy could sign a pro contract with Anderlecht, but even then Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, Ajax and PSV were interested,” they told Het Niewsblad via Sports Witness.
“We then visited clubs like Liverpool and Ajax, but Stellar Group left us the choice.
“My (David, his father) preference was Liverpool. How we were received there, damn.
“Trainer Klopp explained how he saw a potential successor to Sadio Mane in Jeremy. Steven Gerrard showed us videos with tactical analysis.
“At the training complex Mignolet, Mane and Wijnaldum came to talk to us. Yet Jeremy was distracted by the talk. Liverpool panicked.
“We talked about Chelsea and they thought he was going to sign there while we were just chatting about our youngest daughter. She’s called Chelsea.
“Van Holsbeeck (former Andelecht boss) was convinced that he would lose Jeremy almost for free to Liverpool and wanted to make the most of it.
“But Anderlecht did everything to keep our son. They handled it cleverly with that video of Romelu Lukaku. If Jeremy hesitated for a moment to leave, it took away the last doubt.”