Date: 9th July 2019 at 10:00am
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OPINION

The improvements at Liverpool in previous years have been impeccable.

Jurgen Klopp has introduced a blend of possession style football which has blended perfectly with the attacking elements of his side.

His blistering full-backs Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold combined for 23 assists last season, as the Reds’ prolific front-three found a new hero at Anfield.

The reliance on Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino has slightly lowered in the last campaign, with injuries meaning Divock Origi was given a chance.

Origi stepped up to the plate on separate occasions, and Liverpool wouldn’t have been celebrating their sixth Champions League without his goals.

The Express has reported that a new contract for the Belgian is the Reds’ priority this summer, so it comes as a surprise to see that SovSport has suggested that scouts from Merseyside were watching Zenit St Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun this week.

Liverpool will write a positive report on the Iranian forward according to Russian outlet, with the 24-year-old potentially being considered as a replacement for the Belgian striker.

Azmoun scored two goals ultimately in defeat in the Russian Super Cup, with his physical presence surely being shortlisted as one of his top strengths.

The 24-year-old won an average of 7.3 aerial battles per game in last years World Cup, proving his dominance of opposition defenders. [WhoScored]

This physicality could see players such as Salah and Mane given the ball much more in attacking areas as defenders could switch their attention to the 6’1″ colossus [Transfermarkt].

With Origi’s future being suggested as the top priority this summer at Anfield, a move for Azmoun should be way off the mark as the Belgian considers his future at the Champions League holders.