Timo Werner bagged a hat-trick against Mainz on Sunday. The performance is unlikely to change Liverpool’s reported transfer stance, however.
There’s little secret that Liverpool want Werner and reports linking the two have been around for a long time now. In fact, a quick search on our site shows ten pages of results for our commentary on those various reports.
And so fans were understandably excited to see Werner’s performance on Sunday. The striker scored a hat-trick in RB Leipzig’s 5-0 demolition at Mainz, taking his Bundesliga tally to 24 goals this season.
Given he’s started 26 with one substitute appearance, that’s a formidable record. Add his seven assists to that and Werner comfortably produces over a goal a game.
Despite this performance, however, we don’t think it’s going to hurry any transfer up. Going by reports we trust, anyway.
The Independent recently claimed that Liverpool are still wondering whether to pay Werner’s £50m release clause. There’s no doubt over his talent, though – it’s simply whether the financial risk is worth it right now in the current economic climate.
And because of that stance, the Werner hat-trick is highly unlikely to change anything. Liverpool know he’s talented enough to play for them but they’re unsure of spending a large amount on anyone right now.
It’s worth adding that Sky Sports suggested this was Liverpool’s stance back in April. That, combined with the Independent story, means you can safely assume that this is in fact the way the Reds are playing things.
It’s the safe route, one that only the best team around can really afford to take, in all honesty. Liverpool could end up signing Werner but this hat-trick won’t be a factor.