Liverpool reportedly want RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, who would be the ideal answer to the Africa Cup of Nations problem.
In short, it’s difficult to think of a better answer for Liverpool’s problem with the Africa Cup of Nations. The Cup of Nations will now return to being a January tournament, meaning Liverpool will be without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in a year.
Liverpool didn’t move for anyone last summer and have the option to buy a replacement now. Werner can be that replacement.
He ticks the two boxes Liverpool need in any replacement. First, he’s versatile and can play centrally or wide on the left. That one’s very important as one, the Cup of Nations will stretch the squad thin and Werner may need to play all across the front line.
The Reds would also need him for more than one month, of course. That versatility means he can easily fit into squad with the rest of Liverpool’s usual front three throughout a season.
Secondly, and most importantly, Werner scores goals. It is absolutely imperative that Liverpool sign a forward who scores goals. After all, Liverpool won’t just lose two of their prized front-three – they’ll lose the two who score the majority of their goals.
Werner gets goals. He has 20 in 18 Bundesliga games this season and even if Liverpool had to move him centrally, he’d be a goalscoring option.
It will be a difficult period for Liverpool – there’s no doubt about that. But Werner could see them through that Africa Cup of Nations.