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.
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.
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.
I am looking at the #EGYURU and Hegazi has been pretty solid at the back for the Egyptians, and his long range passing has been really good too. Won't mind seeing him at #LFC and I am sure we can get him at a good price too. #YNWA— Alphonso Jerome (@alphonsojerome_) June 15, 2018
Hmmmm Hegazi may not be the most intelligent, but he's massive and reads the game relatively well. Has abit of a cool head as well. I actually wouldn't mind him at LFC, he will settle down rather quickly with Salah and VVD just needs a monster next to him, Hegazi is that— J. Kroutz (@Jaymino_9) June 15, 2018
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