Liverpool provided a masterclass against Crystal Palace on Wednesday and demonstrated why they rejected Timo Werner. The Reds could have reportedly signed the player.
Liverpool crushed Palace 4-0 at Anfield in a game that was essentially perfect. Their opponents didn’t manage a touch in the Liverpool penalty area and the Reds looked unstoppable going forward.
All four goals were different but brilliant – and each showed a different weapon in the arsenal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold whipped in a free-kick for the first, while Fabinho’s inch-perfect pass met Mohamed Salah’s wonderfully-timed run for the second.
The third saw Fabinho simply smash one into the back of the net as Palace sat back. The fourth was pace and precision from Sadio Mane as Palace pushed up.
The problem with transfers
This kind of showing against Palace is the perfect example of why Liverpool opted against signing Werner. In fact, it’s a demonstration of why they’ll struggle to sign anyone worthwhile.
Simply put, this is the best Liverpool team going and it’s virtually perfect. Everyone fits together perfectly and, in all truth, there isn’t a weak link.
The defence is rock-solid, the midfield incredibly versatile and the forwards are lethal. How do you easily find a player who can jump the queue and force their way in?
You need someone who is not only brilliant, but also suits everyone else to near-perfection. They have to fill a role in the side that compliments everything to the elite level.
Liverpool couldn’t find that player last season and may not find them again this summer. Any player who does tick those boxes, after all, either won’t be up for sale or is prohibitively expensive.
The latter is especially relevant in the current economy. How many players can Liverpool justify spending big money on? They reportedly couldn’t justify £50m for Werner and on this showing, that makes sense.
You don’t pay £50m for a player to simply sit on the bench right now. And as good as Werner is, he – like most others – would have to settle for the bench at Liverpool.