21 Mar 2017

Contact Made: 'World-class' striker who wants LFC transfer confirms 'talks with Liverpool'. Klopp to Sign?

After months of speculation, one of the world's most coveted young attacking players has confirmed Liverpool's transfer interest.

Liverpool have been regularly linked with FC Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun this season, and when asked this week about a possible transfer to Anfield, the Iranian attacker told SCLD:

"There were talks with Liverpool in the past transfer window [but] I didn't feel the time was right. I would've 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".

In my view, Azmoun clearly made the right decision. Why move just to sit on the bench? More young players should follow his example instead of chasing money and fame at such an early age. Recent transfer timeline:

* Oct 2016: The Guardian claimed: "Liverpool are monitoring Azmoun and considering an offer".

* Nov 2016: ESPN reported: "A source has told ESPN that Azmoun is keen on a move to Liverpool".

* Nov 2016: Azmoun's agent told ESPN: "I read about the interest from Liverpool. If some proposals come, we will look at them."

Some info about Azmoun:

* 22-year old striker. Contract expires: 2018. Spent three years at Rubin Kazan.

* Rubin Kazan/Rostov: 39 goals/assists in 99 apps (One every 129 mins). 16 goals in 20 games for Iran.

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "Outstanding dribbling skills. Astonishing control. Superb eye for goal. Marvelous finishing power".

* Scouting Report (Weaknesses): "Slender physique does not allow one-on-one challenges with stronger players. Easily tripped or brought down".

* Jun 2015: Azmoun admitted: "I love the English Premier League and it would be a dream for me to play in England."

* Oct 2015: Iran boss Carlos Queiroz raved: "He [Azmoun] is world-class. The way he moves the ball is really brilliant, and at the level of some of the best forwards I've worked with, like Ruud van Nistelrooy".

With the greatest respect, it's nonsense to suggest that Azmoun is 'world-class', and there's no evidence to back up that assertion. Gross hyperbole aside, though, should Liverpool go back in for Azmoun in the summer?


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