Liverpool linked to Leipzig’s Timo Werner
TRANSFER RUMOUR: The latest forward from the continent to be linked to Liverpool is RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner. According to reports in the Daily Mail an offer in the summer could be made. Liverpool are rumoured to have been scouting the striker for the best past of a year, and may look to try and attract Werner to the bright lights of England’s top flight come the end of the season.
Werner only completed a move to surprise Bundesliga package Leipzig from fellow German outfit Stuttgart last summer, but his scintillating form for the much despised franchise club has piqued the interest of a number of other European teams including Liverpool.
The 21-year-old has netted a remarkable 14 goals in 24 appearances for Leipzig this term – goals that have helped catapult them to second place in Germany’s top division. The thing that’s linking him to Anfield is his versatility and high work rate, it would be a good fit for Jurgen Klopp’s gegenpressing philosophy at Anfield.
Need for reinforcements
Since arriving at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp has adopted a high pressing, attacking tempo to his team and is keen to add further quality to his first-team squad – particularly up front after witnessing Liverpool’s title aspirations fall apart after a terrible start to 2017.
The loss of Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane to injury and international duty respectively saw the Reds register just one league win in their absence, and Klopp would be against seeing his side capitulate again at a key stage of the season next time around.
Fitting in with Klopp’s ethos
Werner, who is comfortable as an out-and-out striker, a right winger and secondary forward, would certainly bring goals and excitement to Merseyside, but Liverpool would likely have to shell out a sizeable fee to prise him away from his current employers due to being in-demand and having a contract that runs until the summer of 2020.