Liverpool ‘enter race’ to sign ex-Everton target Mohammed Kudus after World Cup heroics | Football | Sport

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Liverpool are reportedly weighing up the idea of a January move for former Everton target Mohammed Kudus after his two-goal haul for Ghana against South Korea at the World Cup on Monday. Kudus, who was heavily linked with Everton during the summer, chipped in with a fine brace to help the Black Stars to register an important victory in Group H and give themselves a brilliant chance of reaching the knockout stages in Qatar.

Kudus fired a glancing header into the back of the net for his first goal against South Korea after connecting with a cross from Jordan Ayew, while his second came in the form of a first-time effort into the bottom corner with just 22 minutes remaining. It seems as though Kudus’ match-winning heroics for Ghana might just have caught the eye of Liverpool, who are said considering a move for his services when the transfer market reopens in January.

That’s according to De Telegraaf, who are reporting that Kudus has been closely watched by those in power at Anfield throughout the World Cup ahead of a potential approach in the new year. However, it is also said that Everton remain interested in signing Kudus despite missing out on his signature over the summer, which suggests that a two-horse race could take shape when the bidding opens in just over a month’s time.

Liverpool are said to have a long-standing interest in the Ghana midfielder, who plays for Ajax at club level and has already scored 10 goals for the Dutch giants in all competitions this season. The Reds were initially linked with a move for his services back in 2019 when he was still a teenager with Nordsjaelland in Denmark, although they failed to act on their desire to snap him up before Ajax jumped the queue to bring him to the Netherlands.

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Kudus scored a thunderous equaliser for Ajax against Liverpool in the Champions League earlier this season and would certainly add a new dimension in the final third if he is signed by the Merseyside heavyweights in the January transfer window. It remains to be seen whether the opportunity to play alongside one of his heroes could swing proceedings in Liverpool’s favour in terms of convincing him to join, with Kudus admitting earlier this year that he idolises Thiago Alcantara and has been a huge fan of his playing style since childhood.

“I loved [Thiago’s] game as a child,” Kudus told Ajax’s official channels. “I like creativity and joy of playing. When I played in Denmark, a friend of mine arranged a shirt from him. It was fantastic.

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“The shirt is hanging at my home and I am very proud of it. Sometimes he plays as a six but then, despite his defensive duties, he doesn’t lose his creativity. No matter where he plays, he always finds the balance between defence and attack. That’s how I want to play.”

Although the lure of a potential move to Liverpool could be hugely tempting for Kudus when the January window rolls around, his immediate focus will undoubtedly be on helping Ghana to reach the latter stages of the World Cup in Qatar. He is likely to start once again in their final group stage match against Uruguay, who are winless after their first two games and face an uphill battle to reach the knockout rounds of the tournament.

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