There’s no denying of Roberto Firmino’s importance in Liverpool’s attacking structure right now.
The Brazilian often works the hardest to win back possession, create moves and also be on the finishing end of them. Truly an amazing forward and someone so clearly embedded into the Jurgen Klopp way.
Replicating last season’s heroics, Firmino’s been in stellar form this season as well. He’s supported Mo Salah and Sadio Mane perfectly, playing according to their strengths, while often sacrificing his own selfish desires and it’s easy to see why the Kop love him every so much.
Still, the Reds could do with another striker. Someone to come on and offer that predatory touch, a signing in that mould would pretty much complete their attack.
According to comments from Ian McGarry on the latest episode of the Transfer Window Podcast (via Daily Star), the Reds are closing in on agreeing a deal for German sensation Timo Werner. Hugely, hugely exciting for everyone at Anfield.
Indeed, Werner’s netted 14 goals so far for RB Leipzig this season, but it’s his overall game which suits Liverpool’s style.
While he might not be as persistent as Firmino, the 23-year-old’s definitely more clinical in front of goal. His impressive ability to link-up with those around him, work the ball into the box and take chances in around the penalty area makes him an asset for Liverpool’s system.
He’s averaging 3.7 shots per game along with 1.2 key passes (stats via WhoScored) which highlight his influence going forward. Though the likes of Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge have had their moments when coming off the bench to support the attack, Werner is pretty much a complete upgrade on those two.
Werner’s closely reaching his peak, making him primed to be the ruthless striker to continue Klopp’s heavy-metal football for the long-term. Firmino might be indispensable right now, but the 23-year-old German’s the one to take his mantle and become Liverpool’s next striking genius.
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