Liverpool are targeting RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, according to reports. They run a risk in aiming so high, however.
The Independent claim Liverpool hold interest in Werner. They also admit that The Reds are cautious about it, though. A move, it seems, wouldn’t be entirely clear cut.
It’s easy to see why, too. Liverpool have a very established and successful attack in Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
It isn’t just a front line of good players, either, but one that functions incredibly well against all opposition. All three players suit each other and all three have played their best football as a part of this trio.
Liverpool do need to sign someone, though. The Africa Cup of Nations moving back to January means they’ll be without two of those forwards while it’s on. They also just need to bring someone in to ‘refresh’ the team, as any successful side does – these three can’t go on forever.
So the Reds have a decision. If Liverpool are targeting players like Werner, they either need to risk breaking up their front three or risk failing to sign anyone.
Because any top forward won’t join to sit on the bench every week. They won’t sign if they aren’t going to play the big games, either – they can get that elsewhere.
If Liverpool continue to target big-name forwards, they do so in the knowledge that they may convince none of them to play that backup role. That’s a risk, of course, as they could come away without the player they need this summer.
Alternatively, they break up the current system by introducing a new star.
Either way, Liverpool are taking a big risk.