Reported Liverpool target scores important Asian Cup goal

Rumoured to be on Brendan Rodgers’ radar, Rubin Kazan striker Sardar Azmoun scored the winner for Iran against Qatar.

Sardar Azmoun may have done his chances of landing a move to the Premier League the world of good after scoring a well-taken winner for Iran against Qatar at the Asian Cup in Australia.

The 20-year-old is reportedly the subject of some interest from Liverpool, according to the Express and several other English clubs may be watching, states Russian newspaper Izvestia.

The youngster showed more than just a dash of the Argentine with his sublimely taken winner in a closely fought contest between favourites Iran and underdogs Qatar.

With the game tied at 0-0 and heading into the final half hour, Azmoun received the ball just inside the opposition penalty area, pulling off a Cruyff-like turn to beat one defender before poking the ball past the on-coming Qatar goalkeeper.

Currently on the books at Russian club Rubin Kazan, Azmoun remains something of a work in progress but could be available for as little as £5 million if the recent report from Russian site Izvestia is to be believed.

A quick and skilful player, the 20-year-old is best deployed as either a winger of supporting striker but has the potential to do big things in the European game.

To date he has played 27 times for Rubin Kazan, scoring five goals along the way while the attacker also has three goals from six appearances for the Iran national team.

Carlos Queiroz may have opted against taking the player to the World Cup in Brazil - despite his initial inclusion in the 30-man preliminary squad - but his renewed faith in the youngster has paid off with Iran now through to the knock-out phase of the tournament.

They will now face UAE next week in the last of their three group games, a clash Azmoun and his teammates will need to win in order to qualify as group winners.

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