By Matthew Farr
Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to outline their excitement at the club’s latest January transfer target.
The Guardian reports that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is eyeing up FC Rostov’s Sardar Azmoun.
The Reds have lost Danny Ings to another season-ending injury, while Sadio Mane is set to depart for the African Cup of Nations in the new year, and need further options in attack.
Sporting director Michael Edwards has been monitoring the Iran international’s progress, and Klopp is now ready to step up his interest.
The 21-year-old has scored four goals this season, but his displays in the Champions League in particular have drawn attention from a number of other clubs, including some of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals.
Liverpool supporters were quick to voice their opinions on the club’s reported pursuit of a striker who is prolific at international level, with 15 goals in 20 matches.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Ben Jamin’ Clark (@dinoben_) November 8, 2016
@TonyBarrett just watched a load of videos looks decent very much a firmino type by the look of it high energy tidy finish
— Mark (@markcollett1) November 8, 2016
@TonyBarrett just saw some videos , reminds me of a young Torres prior to joining us and we all know what happened after
— Red (@Requelme__10) November 9, 2016
@TonyBarrett unsure, lesser league, EPL much more physical with less time.
Think it’s speed/pace we need when Mane goes to Africa.
— Shaun (@everoftheWay) November 8, 2016
@TonyBarrett does not make much sense why we be after a new forward when we got sturridge and origi wide man he said we need i think
— julian evans (@julianevans74) November 8, 2016
— Murad Hashim (@Balouch82) November 8, 2016
— Paddy (@AnfieldPyro) November 8, 2016
I don’t know what a Sardar Azmoun is, but if Jurgen Klopp wants him then I’m fully prepared to go into meltdown if it doesn’t happen.
— MAMADON’T (@BecOfTheKop) November 8, 2016
The Premier League will be a major challenge, but with just 18 months left on his contract, Azmoun could be tempted into a move.
He joined Rostov from Rubin Kazan in controversial fashion in the summer. Initially, he had joined Rostov on loan in February 2015, but they triggered a non-existent buyout clause in his contract in the summer. Rubin Kazan’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration failed.
In other Liverpool news, Sky Sports have listed four Liverpool players in their top 10 Power Rankings for this week.