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Rumour Mongering: Iran’s Messi, Sardar Azmoun

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Klopp hinted that we might need a winger, so of course we’re getting a winger!

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Need something to distract you from the existential dread surrounding a particularly horrible outcome in a world event? Not to fear, we have rumor mongering to report!

The latest in the mill, courtesy of The Guardian, is that Liverpool are interested in 21-year-old Iranian international winger Sardar Azmoun, who is currently plying his trade with Russian outfit FC Rostov. Azmoun has impressed in the Champions League group stages so far, with a goal and assist in 4 appearances. However, he’s not been nearly as prolific in the Russian Premier League, also contributing a goal and assist, but in 11 total domestic appearances.

When Danny Ings went down with his second devastating, season-ending injury in as many years, Jürgen Klopp admitted that Liverpool might have to dip into the transfer market in January. The problem will be exacerbated by team-leading goal-scorer Sadio Mané leaving to play for Senegal in the African Cup of Nations.

“We watch the market all the time and of course we need to be prepared for different situations and one of them is injuries,” Klopp said. “The African Cup of Nations we already knew about so we don’t need to be influenced or surprised by that, but it could be a moment when we approach the market. It’s not about how many strikers. Three strikers is enough, I think. But when Sadio is away we will be without a winger. We do not have many wingers, I would say."

So, this might be something to look out for. Either that, or this is just the first in the inevitable flood of winger-related rumor mongering. In other words, “business as usual.”