Jurgen Klopp needs to sign a new striker this summer as backup to Roberto Firmino and Ian McGarry claims a £40m deal for Timo Werner is on the cards.

Between mid-September and mid-December, a period of time spanning 20 Liverpool games, Roberto Firmino only scored three goals and provided one assist.

This lack of form over a three month period will have been a major concern for Jurgen Klopp. The forward has since come right and has five goals and three assists in his last seven Liverpool games.

Looking beyond the end of the season, Klopp needs to sign a new forward to both provide competition for Firmino and to replace him when he needs resting.

Roberto Firmino

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With Liverpool target Timo Werner refusing to sign a contract extension with RB Leipzig, fans want Michael Edwards to seal a deal for the German forward.

His pace and obsession with scoring goals make him the ideal striker to come in this summer. Werner has scored 17 goals and provided five assists in all competitions for Leipzig this season.

 

The former Stuttgart man is only 23 years of age and has a lot of room to develop under a manager like Jurgen Klopp, who is famed for nurturing attacking talent.

Transfer expert Ian McGarry has told the Transfer Window Podcast, via the Daily Star, that “Liverpool are very close to agreeing personal terms with Werner.”

Timo Werner

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While this seems like an unlikely source of transfer news, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that Liverpool have acted quickly to secure a target.

The Reds had a deal wrapped up for Fabinho before the final in Kiev last year.

The hope is that something similar is underway for Werner.

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