The excitement amongst the Liverpool supporters in the Transfer Tavern is growing in anticipation for the arrival of Naby Keita, but there is reason to suggest that Liverpool should do everything they can to also bring one of his teammates to Anfield next summer.
In this day and age it is rare for a club to conclude a deal like the one Liverpool have completed for Naby Keita. The vast majority of players instantly make a switch to their new club once a deal has been finalised, but not in the case of Keita who is playing one final season in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig before completing his long-awaited switch to Merseyside this summer.
The form of the Guinea international has given our resident Kopites plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future of their club – a feeling which has also been boosted by Liverpool’s performances in recent weeks. Keita’s arrival will certainly enhance Liverpool’s title-bid next season, but the arrival of his teammate Timo Werner (valued at £54 million by Transfermarkt) would add a layer of quality to their front-line which would be rivalled only by Manchester City.
There is absolutely no doubt about it, Werner is one of the most in-demand forwards in European football right now, and deservedly so. RB Leipzig have rapidly developed into one of the top clubs in German football in recent years for a multitude of reasons, not least due to Werner’s prolific goal-scoring record.
In his 66 appearances for Leipzig, Werner has scored 38 goals and provided 12 assists from 66 appearances in all-competitions – a startling record for a player who celebrated his 22nd birthday this month. Werner also boasts a prolific record at international level with 7 goals and a Confederations Cup to his name from just 10 appearances.
The presence of Roberto Firmino at the club may encourage supporters to believe that a move for Werner would not be in the club’s best interests, but Manchester City have proven that it is possible, and arguably necessary to have two top quality strikers at the club in order to challenge for silverware across multiple competitions.
Keita’s arrival will provide Liverpool’s midfield with a fresh dynamic which will enable the club to step up a level next season, but if Klopp is also able to sign Timo Werner from Leipzig, then he could prove to be the difference between a top-four finish and a genuine title-challenge next season.