Russian outlet Soviet Sport have claimed that Liverpool scouts were impressed by Zenit St. Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun, after being sent to watch the Iranian striker on Sunday.
The Russian Super Cup took place on Sunday as Zenit earned a narrow 3-2 win over Lokomotiv Moscow. Azmoun, 24, notched a brace – scoring just before half-time, and then nabbing his second in the 52nd minute.
Azmoun only joined Zenit in January from Rubin Kazan, where he scored just 17 goals in 77 games. But it was at international level which is likely to have caught Zenit’s eye, with Azmoun scoring 27 goals in 44 caps for Iran.
He has been sensational ever since moving to Zenit. His two goals on Sunday has taken his tally to 14 goals in just 17 games for Zenit, as well as laying on three assists. He is literally involved in a goal every game, so far.
Scoring a brace, Liverpool scouts were impressed and it is believed they will be writing up a sparkling report for the likes of Jurgen Klopp to read about Azmoun. He has a contract at Zenit until the summer of 2022.
TBR’s view – Do Liverpool need another striker in Azmoun?
Though Liverpool have offloaded Daniel Sturridge, it looks as though Divock Origi is going to remain at Anfield after his brace against Barcelona and goal in the Champions League final against Tottenham.
He will remain as cover to Roberto Firmino, while Rhian Brewster is coming through the ranks. Mo Salah can also play up front, so do Liverpool really need Azmoun?
There is no doubt that Azmoun is an excellent striker and would score goals for Liverpool. But Brewster deserves the chance to become Liverpool’s third-choice striker instead of Azmoun.