Liverpool would have some serious firepower if they can land Timo Werner this summer.
Liverpool have been up there with the best of them for a number of seasons now. This Champions League final was well-deserved but also somewhat expected from the Reds, seeing their dominant run in the Premier League. Still, getting straight to the doorstep of glory, knocking on the door and then running away before it can answer was how they’ve unfortunately done this dance so far. It was always that one, seemingly simple step that was missing; one piece of the puzzle, and according to Ian McGarry speaking to the Transfer Window podcast via the Daily Star, Jurgen Klopp has potentially found it in RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.
This 23-year-old German forward has recently fallen out of favour and somehow slipped under the radar as of late. There was a time when Werner was indeed the most talked about young striker in Bundesliga but it seems that some new kids on the block are now bursting onto the scene. This, however, doesn’t really take anything away from his outstanding quality.
Valued at £58.50m, Werner has scored 16 goals and assisted nine in the latest 2018/19 Bundesliga campaign alone, adding three more in the DFB-Pokal with an additional assist in the Europa League qualifiers. But his skill in front of the goal goes beyond the numbers and more into his style of play, and that’s what has Liverpool interested.
Granted, at the moment the Reds are seemingly all set up front and it’s difficult to imagine either one of the Mane-Firmino-Salah trio dropped in favour of any incoming player but Werner would bring about serious competition which would, in turn, yield better results. His energy and pace can match that of Liverpool’s heavy metal system and his proficiency in front of goal means they get an additional reliable outlet when push comes to shove.
Manchester City have edged them out in the Premier League race two times in a row now and it’s difficult to escape the feeling that squad depth was indeed one of the deciding factors. Sure, there’s not much anyone would change with Liverpool’s gala XI but having a strong bench is a must. After all, winning the league is quite a marathon and not a sprint. So even if Werner would come as a substitute, dancing on the edge of that first-team promotion week in, week out, the team would profit of that massively.
Not to mention that a proper Roberto Firmino substitute is something Liverpool have been on a lookout for a while but with no success as of yet. Of course, Nicolas Pepe is still one of those players that could fit the squad and bring the necessary results but the winger is not as big of a priority as someone of Werner’s profile would be.
Having both Mane and Salah means the Reds are quite set in the wide areas and have to shift their focus more centrally. Still, Nicolas Pepe is on the table, as reports from France Football (via Team Talk) suggest and he would indeed be a good choice but not as good as Werner. A kid of his skill, age and consistency could very well be that missing piece that pushes Klopp over the finish line when he feels he’s exhausted all other options.
Kopites, would you rather go for Timo Werner or Nicolas Pepe? Who do you think should be the priority signing this summer? Let us know in the comments below…
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