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At £6m an opportunity that Liverpool cannot afford to miss

Football FanCast guest columnist John Mahon feels that Rafa would be
wise to make a move for the Ami Zaki after his impressive showing at Anfield on

When Rafa
Benitez came out this morning and expressed his surprise at the qualities that
Wigan brought to Anfield on Saturday, I could only endorse his views. I half
expected us simply to turn up and enjoy a comfortable win against Steve Bruce's
team, but wasn't in the script and subsequently we were left with a nerve
jangling afternoon.

It seems to
be the Liverpool way this season and the weekend's result was the fourth time we
have come back from behind to take maximum points. It shows that Rafa has
instilled some much needed steel and backbone into this team and while you fear
last season this resulted would have petered out into another home draw, the
never say die spirit and attitude is clearly paying off.

certainly possesses some talent and I was hugely impressed with Wilson Palicos
as well as a previous Liverpool target Antonio Valencia. The other player who
stood out like a sore thumb was the Egyptian striker Ami Zaki, who is slowly
looking the find of the season.

It is not
often that you see Carragher and Agger get such a torrid afternoon as they did
on Saturday, as Zaki and Heskey put in as impressive a striking performance
that I have seen in sometime from an opposition attack at Anfield, especially
the Egyptian. He dragged the pairing all over the place and his sheer brute
strength meant that he couldn't be knocked off the ball and we all witnessed
the striking prowess he possesses. He has taken to the Premier League like a
duck to water and to put in that sort of performance against a defence as
strong as Liverpool's made us all take note and curious about his availability.

Zaki came
to Wigan on a season long loan and there is no question that Steve Bruce is
keen to secure the player on a long term basis. The Latics seem to think that
they had first refusal on him and according to reports in the Daily Mirror
were prepared to meet the reported asking price of £6m from El Zamalek. However
the Egyptian outfit have been quick to refute such an agreement with Wigan is
in place and according to the Times their president Mamdouh Abbas

"We will have
the right to sell Zaki to any club,"

The problem Steve Bruce faces is that
Zaki's stock has risen and why there are always benefits of taking players on
loan, the upshot is that if they do well it will alert other clubs who will subsequently
enter the fray for their signature and I for one was pleased to read this
morning that Rafa is just one of those suitors.

will be checking his situation now,"
Rafa told the Times

I don't what other fans feel about
Liverpool at this moment but the need for another striker has never been
greater. Dirk Kuyt was excellent on Saturday and once again proved his worth,
but Robbie Keane again left a lot to be desired. We cannot fully rely on
Fernando Torres to remain injury free all season so if we want to maintain our
title push then it is vital that we bring another striker. Zaki certainly ticks
all the boxes and at £6m, Rafa would be wise to a take a punt on him – I
couldn't see him turning us down.

Article title: At £6m an opportunity that Liverpool cannot afford to miss

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