Thursday 21 September 2017

Liverpool step up chase for 'Iranian Messi' as Jurgen Klopp targets attacking reinforcements

Rostov's Iranian forward Sardar Azmoun celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs FC Rostov at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, on November 1, 2016. / AFP / CURTO DE LA TORRE (Photo credit should read CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images)
Rostov's Iranian forward Sardar Azmoun celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs FC Rostov at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, on November 1, 2016. / AFP / CURTO DE LA TORRE (Photo credit should read CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images)
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With Liverpool set to be light on forward options in the new year, Jurgen Klopp has honed in on one potential addition.

A knee injury has ruled out Danny Ings for the season while Sadio Mane, whose goals have helped propel Liverpool to the top of the Premier League, is set to miss most of January at the African Cup of Nations.

As a result, it is likely that Liverpool will move into the transfer market to recruit some offensive reinforcements, with Klopp reportedly looking at one player dubbed the 'Iranian Messi'.

ESPN is reporting that Sardar Azmoun of FC Rostov in Russia is currently being targeted for a January move by the Reds. The 21-year-old has been capped 22 times for Iran, scoring 16 goals, and is thought to be open to a transfer to Anfield depending on what role Klopp has in store for him.

The Iranian isn't the only youngster linked with a move to Liverpool. There has been a lot of speculation that American 18-year-old attacker Christian Pulisic, currently plying his trade at Klopp's old club Borussia Dortmund, could also join the English club during then next transfer window.

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