Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has previously suggested Liverpool are interested in signing him and now has gone one better, stating Anfield would be a “dream” destination.
The powerful central figure has impressed this term for the Hornets, playing earlier in the campaign as a rampaging figure of destruction and, more latterly, as a holding option in the midfield line.
While he can perform well in either role, it’s the former which best showcases his characteristics—his athleticism, clever passing and ability to win the ball back in the channels and high upfield.
In January he openly claimed that several teams were interested in signing him, including the Reds.
And now he has spoken on French TV to suggest moving to Anfield would be an ideal scenario for him if the Reds follow up their interest with a bid.
“Liverpool is a club that needs no introduction,” he said on Canal+.
“I was impatient to play there at Anfield, I wanted to feel the atmosphere. For me, it would be a dream to play in a club like this.
“If there is an offer, we will discuss to find the best solution. Everyone wants to play in the Champions League, the big competitions.”
Doucoure has been at Watford a little over two years, having previously come through the youth system at Rennes in France.
The 25-year-old is a former France under-21 player, but has never been capped by the senior side.
While he has clearly performed well in the Premier League, it’s difficult to say exactly where he’d best star for Liverpool.
With Naby Keita an impending arrival who shares some traits with Doucoure, it would be surprising to see both lining up together on a regular basis.
That said, if Emre Can departs at the end of his contract and another midfielder joins him in moving on, a space in the squad would open up to ensure competition for places is as fierce next season as it has been this term in the middle of the park.