Liverpool watching Montpellier star known as 'Jordanian Messi'

EXCLUSIVE – Liverpool are watching forward Mousa Tamari, Anfield Watch has been told.

The 26-year-old is a left-footed right winger, who became the first Jordanian to play in Ligue 1 after he signed for Montpellier HSC on a free transfer this summer.

Tamari, who spent three seasons at Belgian side OH Leuven prior to his move, has enjoyed an impressive start to life in France, scoring three times in six Ligue 1 outings so far.

Anfield Watch understands that Liverpool have been keeping a close eye on the Jordan international this season, having tracked his progress prior to this summer.

While there are obvious similarities between Tamari and the Reds' own Mohamed Salah – they are both left-footed, strong dribblers from Arabic countries – Liverpool do not view the player as a potential successor to their Premier League record goalscorer, despite continued speculation over Saudi interest.

Instead, Tamari – who can also play on the left – is seen as someone who could potentially complement or provide backup for Salah.

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Tamari has had an interesting career to date, having made the move from the Jordan League to APOEL in Cyprus back in 2018, before signing for Leuven.

During his time in Belgium, no player completed more dribbles in the Jupiler Pro League than the winger, according to Opta. Along with comparisons to Liverpool's 'Egyptian King', Tamari has also been dubbed the 'Jordanian Messi'. However, it is not a nickname he is particularly fond of.

"I know some people call me that, but I don't like that nickname," Tamari said as quoted by Marca in September. "In Cyprus the fans are a bit crazy and they came up with that nickname.

"They even made up a song in which they talked about me as the 'Jordanian Messi'."

While Tamari is being looked at, Anfield Watch understands that strengthening the defence remains the priority for the Reds in 2024. Fluminense's Andre Trindade also remains hopeful of a move to Merseyside this winter.

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