Liverpool will be keeping a close eye on Mohammed Kudus during the Qatar World Cup this winter.
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That’s according to a report by Sports World Ghana, who claim that Julian Ward will send Liverpool scouts to watch the forward in action for Ghana in their World Cup opener against Portugal on Thursday evening, with Jurgen Klopp believed to have been keen on the 22-year-old ever since his show-stopping Champions League performance at Anfield for Ajax earlier this season.
However, the report goes on to state that the likes of AC Milan, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Everton are also keeping a very close eye on the youngster ahead of the January transfer window, while further reports have also claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are another of the former Nordsjaelland starlet’s admirers.
Considering just how much potential Kudus quite clearly possesses, it is not difficult to understand why Ward and Klopp would be keen on a deal to bring the Ghanaian sensation to Anfield in the winter market.
Indeed, over his 14 Eredivisie appearances so far this season – only five of which have come as starts – the £7.3m-rated talent has been in sensational form, scoring four goals, as well as taking an average of 1.8 shots, making 0.4 key passes and completing 1.6 dribbles – at a success rate of 70% – per game.
These metrics have seen the £10k-per-week “star boy” – in the words of Kwame Benaiah – average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.90, currently ranking him as Ajax’s 13th-best performer in the top flight of Dutch football.
The versatile forward also caught the eye over his six Champions League fixtures in 2022/23, with the 22-year-old bagging four goals and providing his teammates with two assists, in addition to taking an average of 1.3 shots, making 0.8 key passes and completing 1.8 dribbles – at a success rate of 79% – per game.
These returns have seen the “really special” talent average an astonishing SofaScore match rating of 7.22, ranking him as Alfred Schreuder’s second-best player in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.
As such, should Kudus go on to explode on the world stage against the likes of Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea in Qatar, it would indeed appear an extremely wise move for Ward to launch a move for the attacker in January, as the 18-cap international undoubtedly possesses the potential to become Klopp’s next star boy at Anfield.