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TT Battle: Timo Werner vs Roberto Firmino

Despite Jurgen Klopp hinting that Liverpool are unlikely to make any signings this month (Evening Standard), the Reds continue to be linked with a host of names.

And one of those names include RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner with the Evening Standard identifying the centre-forward as a potential target for Klopp should either Divock Origi or Daniel Sturridge leave Anfield in this transfer window.

With that in mind, how does £58.5m-rated (Transfermarkt) Werner compare to Liverpool’s current first-choice striker Roberto Firmino?

Timo Werner

After a very impressive debut season at the Red Bull Arena back in the 2016/17 campaign where he managed to score 21 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances, Werner had a bit of a dip the following term, registering eight goals fewer.

At 22 years of age, though, inconsistency is normal with the RB Leipzig man well on course to bettering his tally from last year having found the back of the net on 11 occasions in the Bundesliga this time round.

Goals, however, are not the only thing Werner brings to the table with the Germany international possessing an abundance of pace and energy, making him more than an ideal fit for Liverpool.

The Reds have become a team made to press aggressively and relentlessly by Klopp  in a style of football Werner seems made for.

TT Grade: B+

Roberto Firmino

Unlike Werner, Firmino is not a forward you would probably describe as a natural goalscorer even if his record under Klopp suggests otherwise.

Rather, where the Brazilian is strongest is when it comes to creating opportunities for his team-mates.

He often drops deep to collect the ball, dragging opposition central defenders towards him, thus creating space for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to run into.

Overall, he is a very intelligent footballer and has the technical skill to go with that intelligence.

What has probably cost Klopp in the past, at Borussia Dortmund in particular, is key players such as Firmino picking up injuries and burning out. Considering that, the arrival of a new No.9 like Werner, who Klopp is more likely to trust compared to Sturridge or Origi, could be massive for the Brazil international in terms of him getting sufficient rest.

TT Grade: A-

TT Verdict:

Firmino is quite obviously the more fine-tuned forward who is close to being the finished article if not already, meaning Werner faces a difficult challenge getting into Liverpool’s starting XI should he join the Merseyside club.

It is a challenge, though, the ex-Stuttgart player should relish given his ability and, if Liverpool are to compete seriously on all fronts, he remains the exact calibre of player FSG need to be delivering to Klopp.

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