Loads of Liverpool fans have been reacting with huge excitement to something Timo Werner said recently, which seemed to imply he would be the perfect deputy for Roberto Firmino.
Jurgen Klopp’s transformation of Firmino into the ultimate ‘false 9’ has been extremely enjoyable to watch, and Reds fans suspect Werner might be next in line for similar treatment.
The German striker has been linked with a switch to Anfield recently, but for any striker to come and compete with Firmino for a place, they need to be able to do more than just score goals.
Werner has bagged a remarkable 12 goals in 12 Bundesliga showings this season, but it is his latest comment that has really caught the attention of the Anfield faithful.
“(Julian) Nagelsmann has said that I won’t be playing as an out and out striker for him as such, but more of a false 9,” he said, per One Football.
“It has encouraged me to improve & develop myself, even when we come up against oppositions that sit deep. He‘s helped me to make better use of space.”
Firmino is well-known for his tendency to drop deep into space, drag centre-backs out of position and supply chances for the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, so the fact that Werner is doing this while also scoring plenty of goals is surely a good sign for those who want to see the 23 year-old on Merseyside.
Fans can hardly contain their excitement, with some offering up their finest GIFs, while others get the #Werner2020 hashtag fired up and ready to go…
He’d be perfect to rotate with Mané and Firmino on that left wing and no.9 position, where the quality beyond the first team isn’t great! (sorry Origi!)
— footbork (@footbork) November 23, 2019
Sounds an awful lot like… pic.twitter.com/q81VlbWXtp
— Matt Carrel (@MattCarrel) November 22, 2019
Getting the practice in before he joins the reds next summer
— Thejackal1981 (@Michael50612885) November 22, 2019
Klopp after reading this quote… pic.twitter.com/YbtHYezdBx
— Daniel I. (@DannLFCTR) November 22, 2019
— Jurgen’s SIXy Football (@AshiqueNasar) November 23, 2019
— Jacob Elkins (@JacobBElkins) November 23, 2019
Klopp right now pic.twitter.com/oskTrM1sGK
— 🍍 (@_classicbobby) November 23, 2019
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