(Persia Digest) -
Liverpool had scouts to watch Sardar Azmoun in the Russian Super Cup at the weekend, according to reports.
The Daily Express writes that Russian outlet Soviet Sport claims that members of the Reds’ scouting department were in attendance as Azmoun’s Zenit St Petersburg faced Lokomotiv Moscow at the VTB Arena in Moscow.
Reigning champions Zenit were defeated 3-2 but Azmoun scored two goals either side of half-time.
The 24-year-old only joined the Gazprom-owned outfit back in February for a fee of around £10.5million, having neared a loan move to Wolves in January which fell through on deadline day.
Iran international Azmoun, formerly nicknamed ‘The Iranian Messi’, has long been tipped for a move to Europe with Liverpool credited with interest in the player since 2016.
And Soviet Sport say that Liverpool scouts left Russia with positive reports of Azmoun’s display against Lokomotiv.
The ex-Rubin Kazan front-man has enjoyed a positive spell in his new country so far, with 14 goals and three assists in just 17 appearances across all competitions.
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Azmoun insists he rejected the chance to join up with Jurgen Klopp in January 2017.
In an interview with the website for the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, he said: “There were talks of Liverpool having expressed an interest in me during the past winter transfer window.
"However, I did not feel the time to move was right. I would have ended up playing a few games and then spent a great deal of time on the bench as Liverpool were only looking to fill a void for a particular part of their season.
"I want to move to a big club to develop as a player and therefore I will time the move with great precision. I am sure I will be playing for a top European club in the near future.”
But whether Liverpool will look to act on their apparent interest in Azmoun is uncertain, given their low-key summer so far.