Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had the chance to see Ajax forward Mohammed Kudus up close and personal during the teams’ Champions League group stage campaigns. The 22-year-old Ghanian international scored in Ajax’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield in September. In the reverse fixture, he was a thorn in the Liverpool defence’s side despite playing just 32 minutes of football, as Ajax chased the game.
Kudus attempted to push through a transfer to Everton during the offseason, but could now make the switch to Anfield after it was revealed he previously held talks with the Reds over a move. Liverpool reportedly had talks with Kudus in the summer about a potential switch to Merseyside. The talks between the two sides were said to be “informal”.
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The Ajax player now wants to seal a transfer to the Premier League and could be sold in January if a team meets the Dutch club’s asking price. Ajax were unwilling to sell Kudus in the summer due to already moving on several players from last year’s squad.
The Amsterdammers sold nine players including attacking players Antony and Sebastien Haller. Having already lost two of the team’s most important players, along with manager Erik ten Hag, Ajax did not want to lose Kudus too.
How good has Mohammed Kudus been this season for Ajax?
Kudus is having a fantastic season in Amsterdam. The Ghana international has 10 goals and two assists in 21 games in all competitions. Four of his goals came in six Champions League games. Kudus’ performances in the Champions League could influence Liverpool to attempt to sign the player. However, top Premier League clubs will be on high alert that Kudus wants to move to the English top flight.
The midfielder recently appeared in the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Ghana. He played in all three games for the Black Stars, scoring two goals in the tournament and compiling 250 minutes of action. Kudus’ two goals came in Ghana’s 3-2 win against South Korea in their second match in Group H.
Kudus is valued at a mere €15 million according to Transfermarkt. However, based on the Kudus’ performances this season and players being overvalued in the January transfer window, the player could go for double Transfermarkt’s value.
The player came through the Right to Dream academy in Ghana before signing for Denmark’s Nordsjaelland in 2018 on a free transfer. Ajax paid €9m to Nordsjaelland in 2020 to sign Kudus.
Since arriving at the Amsterdam Arena, Kudus has appeared in 63 games, scoring 15 goals and tallying six assists. While being a solid attacking player in his first season with Ajax, he has excelled this season with the Amsterdammers. This season, Kudus has played in three different positions, including centre-forward, right-wing, and an attacking central midfielder.