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Liverpool targets Kephren Thuram and Manu Kone upstaged by France teammate’s stunning backheel strike

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Jun 22, 2023
Liverpool targets Kephren Thuram and Manu Kone upstaged by France teammate's stunning backheel strike

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Arnaud Kalimuendo stole the headline with a stunning backheeled goal for France in the European under-21 Championships.

The Rennes striker pulled off the most sublime effort as he flicked the ball with his right foot into the bottom corner of the net.

Kalimuendo was the star of the show following his wonderful effort

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Kalimuendo was the star of the show following his wonderful effortCredit: Getty
The forward's backheeled effort saw France on their way

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The forward’s backheeled effort saw France on their wayCredit: Getty

Despite Marco Carnesecchi’s best efforts to keep it out, the inch-perfect effort was enough to put France 1-0 up against Italy.

As well as the 21-year-old’s stunning effort, Pierre Kalulu also deserves credit for the stunning cross that evaded the defenders and provided the pace for Kalimuendo’s memorable strike.

That effort was followed up by Bradley Barcola’s effort as France ran out 2-1 winners.

While France’s side is blessed with exciting young talent, Kalimuendo may not have been the name that many football fans expected to grab the headlines.

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Kephren Thuram is arguably the biggest star in France’s side, with Liverpool heavily linked with a move for the Nice midfielder.

The Reds are also linked with Manu Kone, the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder, who shone alongside Thuram for France.

Liverpool have been linked with France midfielder Thuram

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Liverpool have been linked with France midfielder ThuramCredit: Getty
Thuram lined up alongside another Liverpool target in Kone

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Thuram lined up alongside another Liverpool target in KoneCredit: AFP

Loic Bade, the former Nottingham Forest loanee, started in central defence for Les Bleus, while Crystal Palace star Michael Olise appeared as a second half substitute alongside Lyon teenager Rayan Cherki.

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