According to reports, Liverpool are eyeing a summer move for RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner who has epitomised the Bundesliga outfit’s energetic approach this season which looks likely to bring them Champions League football next season.
It seems almost guaranteed that Daniel Sturridge will leave this summer with West Ham United a likely destination for the English forward. The sale of Sturridge to the Hammers, or any other club for that matter, would leave a vacancy that Jürgen Klopp would need to fill.
As it is, it’s not exactly like Sturridge is fulfilling an effective squad role with regular injuries ruling him out of a large portion of the season. When he is fit, his style of play and lack of intensity has seen him left on the bench which would suggest, given Sturridge’s lack of contribution, that there is already a vacancy up front.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Timo Werner is on Liverpool’s radar and Klopp is said to be interested in signing the German forward this summer. Werner signed for Leipzig last summer for £8 million but his 14 goals in 23 games will certainly triple his valutation as I can’t imagine Leipzig selling him for anything less than £25 million.
Werner’s style of play would be perfect for Klopp’s geggenpressing philosophy. The German striker is energetic and die hard, similar to Roberto Firmino alththough Werner is more instinctive in front of goal owing to the fact that he is a natural forward whereas Firmino has been converted by Klopp from an attacking midfielder.
What Liverpool need, especially against the smaller sides in the league, is a natural forward, capable of relying on instinct to score goals. Firmino is a very good player but he is not suited to play up top in the long term. I do, however, think he would flourish as a second striker, playing just off Werner or another forward where he would be afforded more space to work his magic.
As with signing Naby Keita, it won’t be easy to attract Werner given that RB Leipzig are going to qualify for the Champions League. Liverpool need to secure qualification for next season’s elite European tournament or risk missing out on top transfer targets once again.