Liverpool reportedly want Lille forward Victor Osimhen and he might just fit Liverpool better than Timo Werner. Right now, anyway.
But any reports linking Liverpool with a striker will also draw comparisons to Werner. The Reds have been everything from out of the deal to on the brink of signing the German over the last few months – he’s the obvious target.
A recent report from Sky, however, claims that Liverpool won’t meet his release clause before it expires. That suggests the move is far from close and may not happen at all.
That could also be why Liverpool are reportedly looking elsewhere at targets like Osimhen. He may be a better bet right now, in fact.
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Osimhen is a few years younger than Werner and far from the German’s level, really. Werner is an international striker who regularly competes at the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts. There aren’t many like him.
Werner is also approaching his prime at 24 years old. He’s ready to lead the line for a top side – but that might be where a move to Liverpool falls apart.
The Reds can’t guarantee him a starting XI place. Breaking up the incredibly successful front-three is a huge risk and a seemingly needless one as all players are in their prime.
That means two things. Firstly, it’ll make Werner think twice about any move – he’s more than good enough to start every week for a top club.
But it’ll also make Liverpool reconsider any big fees. Will you get your full investment out of Werner if he’s not starting right now? It could be another two to three years before the current trio slow down. Werner will be nearly 28 and at the age where Liverpool would need to consider his replacement.
There’s also the immediate investment return. When will football come back? No one actually knows. It could feasibly take most of the next year to return and that takes another year out of Werner’s career.
Compare that to Osimhen, then. He’s 21 for starters, guaranteeing years and years of games for a club. That’s on top of the bonus that he’s young enough for Jurgen Klopp and co. to completely mould him in their style.
Osimhen would also come in as a squad player. At his age and experience, he certainly wouldn’t demand a first-team spot at Liverpool. That should mean a happier squad and eliminates any need to shift players around to get the most out of your investment.
It’s a risk, of course. Osimhen may never be as good as Werner. But if Liverpool think he might be, that is probably the more sensible place to splash the cash.