Liverpool’s scouts reportedly watched Mohammed Kudus against Portugal on Thursday. Here’s what they will have seen at the World Cup.
Sports World Ghana claims Liverpool had scouts at Ghana vs Portugal in order to watch Mohammed Kudus. The player has been impressive with Ajax this season and that appears to have inspired the Reds to take another look.
Of course, they saw Kudus up close in the Champions League. He actually scored against Liverpool at Anfield with an emphatic striker, presumably putting him on the shortlist.
So what did they see from Kudus against Portugal?
The 22-year-old was bright throughout, showing little fear against Cristiano Ronaldo and company. In fact, Kudus completed four dribbles in this game from four attempts. That’s a fantastic rate in any game, let alone in the World Cup.
What makes it even more impressive is that there were only eight dribbles all game form both teams. 50 per cent of those came from Kudus.
One of those runs was particularly impressive. The Ajax star picked the ball up in the middle of the pitch before driving forward 25 yards to fire a lethal shot at goal. It was unfortunate for Ghana that it was straight at the goalkeeper because the power Kudus generated was fantastic.
Kudus, though, also found a way to goal as he set up André Ayew for Ghana’s first. His cutback created their first golden opportunity after a first half where they mustered zero touches in the penalty area.
Liverpool’s scouts watch Mohammed Kudus
We think Liverpool will have come away from that impressed. Ghana may have lost and Kudus wasn’t perfect but for a World Cup debut? He was brave and exciting – you can’t ask for too much more.
We’re interested to see what he can do against Uruguay and South Korea, then, given both sides should be weaker than Portugal. Perhaps they’re opportunities for Kudus to really make this stage his.
This is a player who has long been considered ‘really special’ by those playing with him. This could be the tournament he proves that once and for all.