According to reports, Jürgen Klopp wants to sign RB Leipzig duo Naby Keita and Timo Werner this summer.
Jürgen Klopp wants to sign a pacy striker and a dynamic midfielder this summer and he could find both his targets at the same club. RB Leipzig have exceeded all expectations this season with their title challenge – even if it has faded off towards the end.
The catalysts for Leipzig’s form have been Emil Forsberg, Keita and Werner. Although Liverpool were rumoured as being interested in the former, the latter two are certainly players that could come straight into the Reds’ team and make a difference.
Werner has scored 21 goals in 31 games for RB Leipzig this season and displays an arrogance when on the pitch which has led to comparisons with Jamie Vardy. Blessed with exceptional pace and not afraid of confrontation, it’s easy to see where these comparisons have come from.
The German is believed to be worth around £25-30 million and would be a great addition to the Liverpool side. Keita, on the other hand, could go for as much as £50 million this summer – which could put a spanner in the works insofar as negotiating a deal is concerned.
Similarly, Naby Keita has been compared to N’Golo Kante for his energetic presence in the middle of the park – while the Guinean possesses a more veritable threat in front of goal.
According to The Independent, Jürgen Klopp is keen on signing both Keita and Werner this summer. Liverpool are expected by The Liverpool ECHO to sign Ryan Sessegnon this summer and Virgil Van Dijk is also a top target.
The Independent’s Miguel Delaney writes, “A raid on Bundesliga revelations Red Bull Leipzig is also expected, with Klopp keen on 21-year-old forward Werner and 22-year-old midfielder Keita.“
Liverpool would stand in good stead if they managed to sign their primary targets this summer. Of course, almost every transfer target depends on whether or not the Reds finish in the top four.
With one game to go against Middlesbrough on Sunday, Liverpool will fancy their chances of securing a top-four finish for the first time in four years and just the second time in eight.
There is widespread optimism regarding Liverpool’s ability to perform better in the Champions League under Klopp than the Reds did under Brendan Rodgers. A group stage exit was lambasted by supporters with the Northern Irishman resting key players against Real Madrid in order to have them fresh for a league game against Chelsea a few days later.
While fans seem to have their wires crossed in regards to what this season’s ambition actually was from the outset – the early title challenge seems to have led fans to believe that the current crop of players is better than they are.
A lack of depth and constant injuries, however, soon laid to rest any title hopes that Liverpool might have harboured. Yet, the overriding belief is that, under Klopp, silverware will come soon and finishing in the top four is just the first step.