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A representative of Liverpool was reportedly impressed with Olympiacos midfielder Mady Camara in their 3-0 demolition of Fenerbahce in the Europa League last week. The Reds are said to be one of several clubs to have had scouts in attendance and the figure who was sent to Turkey was impressed with what he saw from the Guinea international, who has earned comparisons to his compatriot Naby Keita due to their shared ability to glide with the ball at their feet.
Camara has been with Olympiacos since 2018 when he was snapped up from French side Ajaccio and he’s now considered to be one of the club’s best players.
That was evident last Thursday when the Greek outfit romped to victory in Istanbul to continue their impressive start to the campaign.
A brace from Giorgos Masouras and another from Francisco Soares was enough for Olympiacos to get the job done in Turkey but it wasn’t any of the goalscorers that caught the eye of the Liverpool scout.
According to Greek paper Sportime, the Reds representative was left so impressed by the performance of Camara in midfield that he lodged enquiries about the player.
Liverpool are now expected to return to watch him in action again as they look to monitor his progress.
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Olympiacos already have a good relationship with the Reds following the sale of Kostas Tsimikas in 2020.
It’s reported that Liverpool are the only English team keeping tabs on Camara, meaning the Reds could have a free run on the player should they wish to sign him.
Speaking last year, the player’s agent Pierre Issa made it clear that his client wants to explore the possibility of joining a big European club.
“Many European clubs have shown a great deal of interest in Mady, but first we want to see how the Olympiacos season ends,” Issa told Calciomercato.
“He has no preference on which country or league to join because the main issue for him is finding a big club, so he can continue improving and fight for titles.
“This can happen in Italy, in England or Germany. I will say that it’s well-known players who come from the Greek league and in general African players have succeeded in Serie A, so that will be taken into account when making a decision on his future.”
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Liverpool are already stacked with options in central midfield but a number of players are facing a fight for their Anfield futures.
That includes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has struggled to impress whenever called upon in recent times.
Keita is also facing an uncertain future and is reportedly undecided on signing a new contract with the club.
It’s been claimed that the former RB Leipzig man wants assurances over his playing time before committing to a new contract.
The 26-year-old is yet to fulfil his potential on Merseyside since arriving from RB Leipzig, with an unfortunate run of injuries hampering his progress.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have been linked to several midfielders recently, including Camara, with former player Dietmar Hamann urging them this week to sign someone in January to replace Georginio Wijnaldum.
“You always have to look at the owners because they don’t want to spend stupid money on players,’ he told Tribal Football.com.
“You have to look at what Klopp has done in the past, he sold Coutinho for £140million and one or two others for decent price tags.
“The net spend will be a lot less compared to other teams, but you have to credit Klopp for what he’s done at Liverpool.
“If the owners say there isn’t much money to spend on transfers, then you just have to accept it.
“I think they could do with another player because Wijnaldum was a huge player.
“He was very reliable, and he chipped in with a lot of goals, so I do think they should look to bring somebody in, in January.”
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