In Focus: Azmoun could be a decent option for Liverpool

As reported by the Daily Star, Jurgen Klopp has been pictured with Rubin Kazan’s Sardar Azmoun which have reignited the speculation surrounding the player and Liverpool.

What’s the story?

Liverpool were allegedly keen to sign the forward last January, as cover for Sadio Mane who was competing in the African Cup of Nations.

Evidently, a move for the player – who has been dubbed ‘the Iranian Messi’ – failed to materialise, yet an image has appeared of the player alongside Jurgen Klopp which has revitalised the rumours linking Azmoun to Liverpool.

The player even revealed that he previously refused to join the Reds as he was unprepared to sit on Jurgen Klopp’s bench.

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Who is Sardar Azmoun?

The 23-year-old is a striker who is currently enjoying his second spell with the Russian side, Rubin Kazan. Indeed, the forward spent three seasons with Rostov – Kazan’s rivals in the Russian Premier League. During his time with Rostov, the forward amassed a commendable total of 25 goals in 77 appearances.

Additionally, he is incredibly popular with Iran’s national team. Despite his age, Azmoun is Iran’s fifth highest goalscorer of all time. In 30 appearances for his country, the Iranian has scored a stunning 22 goals.

What would he bring?

The forward is primarily regarded for his proficiency when competing in aerial duels. Moreover, he is an incredibly capable finisher.

He is renowned for being a threat when set-pieces are being played, and he has also displayed a tendency to dribble and produce intelligent flick-ons.

While he may not be of sufficient quality to start for Liverpool, he would certainly be a useful option for Klopp to bring on from the bench.

Considering Azmoun’s age, he is far from reaching the pinnacle of his career, and a move for the forward could be a useful investment from the Reds’ perspective.