Jurgen Klopp and Timo Werner would be a ‘good combination’ according to respected Norwegian journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft who has touted Liverpool as the front-runners to land the RB Leipzig hot-shot who is currently valued at £50m.
The 23-year-old striker has taken the continent by storm this season with an impressive 26 goals in 32 appearances for Leipzig this season. Werner ensured the current Bundesliga runners-up put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals after scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot during Leipzig’s 1-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur Wednesday.
Werner has already surpassed the number of goals he managed across all competitions in the whole of last season by seven, having played five fewer matches – he also 10 assists.
Reports from the Express claim that Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are all keeping tabs on the in-form German international.
And Fjortoft, who has repeatedly spoken of the Reds’ admiration for Werner, is confident the talented forward would be the ideal frontman for Klopp – even if he were initially to play the role as understudy to Roberto Firmino.
“My German associate says that Liverpool are ahead,” Fjortoft told beIN SPORTS before Leipzig’s win over Tottenham.
“I think for Timo Werner, he is quite a shy guy. He is a guy who likes to have good people around him.
“Bayern Munich turned him down because they’ve got [Robert] Lewandowski.
What RTK has to say
Werner would be an excellent figure for two reasons. Not only does he fit the mould of a typical Klopp player but he is also the elite bracket of player who is currently not touted at an outrageous price that go against Liverpool’s key principles.
The former Stuttgart forward added flame to the fire during his post-match comments against Spurs in north-London after he confirmed the rumours linking the player to Anfield made Werner ‘very proud’.
Questioned about rumours linking him with Liverpool, Werner said: ‘I know that Liverpool is the best team at the moment in the world and when you are linked with that team it makes me very proud.
‘It’s a pleasure but I know that Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself and I need to learn many more things to get to that level and to play there.’