Anderlecht teenage sensation Jeremy Doku was reportedly on the verge of joining Premier League side Liverpool back in 2018 as Sadio Mane's replace, Ghanasoccernet revealed.
Doku is currently on top of his game in the Belgian First Division A where he has scored six goals from 26 matches played this season.
The rising star decided at the last minute to remain at Anderlecht and continue with his development as it was going to be too soon to join Liverpool; a squad that bolsters some impressive names.
"At the age of sixteen Jérémy could sign a pro contract with Anderlecht, but even then Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, Ajax and PSV were interested,” David Doku, father of the teenager said.
“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 Mané in Jérémy. Steven Gerrard showed us videos with tactical analysis.
“At the training complex Mignolet, Mané and Wijnaldum came to talk to us. Yet Jérémy 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 Anderlecht boss) was convinced that he would lose Jérémy 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 Jérémy hesitated for a moment to leave, it took away the last doubt.”