Crystal Palace midfielder Cheick Doucoure, a prime target for Liverpool, is facing a devastating blow. Sources reveal he could be sidelined for the remainder of the 2023-24 season due to a severe Achilles tendon injury.
The 23-year-old, who made a significant impact since joining Palace from Lens in July 2022. Since then, he had been on Jurgen Klopp’s radar following an impressive debut season in England during 2022-23.
Doucoure’s stellar performances in the previous campaign caught the attention of Liverpool, and he emerged as a top priority for Klopp in the summer transfer window.
However, any hopes of a January move have been dashed following the midfielder’s recent injury setback. Furthermore it surely made it impossible for a deal to materialize during the winter transfer period.
Reports stated that Crystal Palace had slapped a £70 million price tag on Doucoure, responding to Liverpool’s inquiries.
This injury development not only hampers Liverpool’s transfer plans but also leaves Crystal Palace without a key player.
A big setback for both Palace and Liverpool
The 12-cap Mali international will also miss representing his nation in the African Cup of Nations early next year.
Doucoure had made 12 appearances across all competitions for Palace in the 2023-24 season, showcasing his importance to the team.
This injury comes at a challenging time for Crystal Palace, with several key players already experiencing lengthy layoffs. Michael Olise has only recently returned to action after a long-term injury, and stars like Eberechi Eze, Dean Henderson, and Rob Holding are currently on the treatment table.
The accumulation of injuries poses a significant challenge for the team’s performance and depth.
On the flip side, Liverpool have faced its own struggles, particularly in the defensive midfielder position.
The summer acquisition of Japan international Wataru Endo aimed to address the midfield concerns, but injuries to Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have left Liverpool playing without a recognized defensive midfielder for a considerable part of the season.
As the January transfer window approaches, Liverpool will need to reassess their midfield options, with Doucoure now out of contention.
The news serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictable nature of football and the impact injuries can have on both individual players and the broader dynamics of the transfer market.