'Playing like a boss'; Liverpool fans react to Ahmed Hegazi's Egypt display

Liverpool fans hold scarves prior to the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 5, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Fans of Premier League giants Liverpool were very impressed by West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi as Egypt lost to Uruguay in the World Cup.

Egypt's defender Ahmed Hegazi (R) pressures Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez (L) during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Egypt and Uruguay at the Ekaterinburg Arena in...

Was Ahmed Hegazi Egypt’s star man in their World Cup opener defeat to Uruguay on Friday afternoon? Or was he the man whose mistake cost Hector Cuper’s side what could be a valuable point?

The West Brom defender was in superb form in in Ekaterinburg, albeit aided by the dreadful performance of an out-of-sorts Luis Suarez. Hegazi’s positioning was superb throughout and he made a number of well-timed blocks as Egypt left Uruguay frustrated for 89 minutes.

Egypt's defender Ahmed Hegazi reacts during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Egypt and Uruguay at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 15, 2018. (Photo by...

Until Jose Maria Gimenez rose highest in the box, higher than Hegazi too, and powered home a thumping header with minutes remaining to seal a dramatic 1-0 win.

You’d think Liverpool fans, then, wouldn’t want anything to do with a centre-back whose corner kick marking was questionable at best, particularly given The Reds’ struggles with set-pieces in recent years.

But it seems the Anfield faithful would happily welcome Hegazi alongside his Egypt team-mate Mo Salah on Merseyside.

Ashley Barnes of Burnley is challenged by Ahmed El-Sayed Hegazi of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Burnley at The Hawthorns on March...

ESPN reported last November that the former Fiorentina defender had caught Liverpool’s eye, one month before he made his loan move at West Brom into a permanent deal for a fee of £4 million.

It is understood that Jurgen Klopp wants more depth at the back and Hegazi, who could be available this summer after West Brom’s relegation, would offer exactly that. A bit of work on those pesky corner kicks wouldn’t go amiss on the training ground though.

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