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Abdoulaye Doucoure Says It Would Be a 'Dream' to Play for Liverpool

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 26, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Watford at Anfield on March 17, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has put Liverpool on alert after saying it would be a "dream" to play at Anfield and make the step up to UEFA Champions League football.

Doucoure is reportedly being monitored by a host of Premier League clubs, Liverpool being one of them, and he told French broadcaster Canal+ of his admiration for the Merseyside outfit (h/t Liverpool Echo's Paul Gorst):

"Liverpool is a club that needs no introduction. 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."

The 25-year-old is Watford's top scorer this term after netting seven times in 30 Premier League appearances.

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol recently noted how much Doucoure is standing out among his peers at present, taking his game to new heights in a breakout campaign:

Kaveh Solhekol @SkyKaveh

Arsene Wenger big fan of Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré. Says he’s been a revelation. The stats don’t lie. First among equals. https://t.co/eeYcumqZtk

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The central midfielder has a little more than two years left to run on his Watford contract, meaning this summer could be the club's last opportunity to get maximum value out of his sale. After that, they risk losing him for a cut-price fee or for free should he run his deal down to its expiration in 2020.

Football Whispers recently examined Doucoure's role in the Watford team and what he could bring to Anfield in the event the Reds made good on their interest:

However, there's a question of room under manager Jurgen Klopp, with RB Leipzig star Naby Keita ready to join this summer as it looks like Emre Can will leave, per the Daily Mirror's Tom Hopkinson.

Doucoure strikes as a more comparable replacement for Can if that's what Liverpool are seeking, and BT Sport pundit Tim Sherwood recently suggested he's within reach for Klopp's side:

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

"Watford know what they are, they're a selling club." Tim Sherwood doesn't expect Abdoulaye Doucouré to stay at Vicarage Road this summer. https://t.co/h7NJmZcKdR

But Liverpool are no strangers to wanting to keep hold of their star assets, and Watford aren't likely to hand over the player with ease, having reportedly offered Doucoure a new deal worth £70,000 per week to stay, per Gorst.

Watford signed the multi-talented Doucoure from Ligue 1 side Rennes in 2016 for an £8 million fee, a figure on which they stand to make considerable profit should they sell him this summer.  

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