Liverpool back in for strike target despite new deal for Origi

Date published: Thursday 11th July 2019 4:16

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Liverpool have reportedly reignited their interest in signing highly-rated Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun this summer.

Russian publication SovSport reported on Tuesday that Reds scouts were in attendance for the Russian Super Cup to watch Azmoun feature for Zenit St Petersburg, with the forward scoring twice in a 3-2 defeat against Lokomotiv Moscow.

The 24-year-old attacker, who was once dubbed as ‘The Iranian Messi’ following rumours about a move to Merseyside rivals Everton, was crucial to Zenit’s Russian Premier League title win last season – hitting 13 goals and adding another six assists.

It’s not the first time Jurgen Klopp’s men have been linked with Azmoun, with the player admitting that he had talks with the Anfield giants over a move back in 2017 – although he decided against it due to a worry over regular game time.

 

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He said at the time: “There were talks of Liverpool having expressed an interest in me during the past winter transfer window. However, I did not feel the time to move was right.

“I would have ended up playing a few games and then spent a great deal of time on the bench as Liverpool were only looking to fill a void for a particular part of their season.”

The striker eventually moved to Zenit for £10.5 million and would appear to be a good fit for Liverpool – indeed his stats make for much better reading than Divock Origi, who just penned a new deal at Anfield, and the released Daniel Sturridge.

 

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