Being a Liverpool fan means often having your heart broken in the transfer market. The Reds have not typically been a club for the record breaking signing, for splashing the big bucks on that player all of Europe is after – Virgil van Dijk is an exception of course. Instead, given the club’s stature, we see the Reds linked with just about every exciting player there is only to see them be snapped up by rivals. It is not all doom and gloom though, the example of Nicolas Pepe shows that Liverpool missing out on Timo Werner isn’t a disaster.
Close but no cigar
Liverpool and Timo Werner was a transfer love story for the ages. The Reds courted the striker publically and extensively with the forward often jumping at the chance to point out how delighted he was by the interest.
It was just going to happen, it just had to happen. It was all there, he was the perfect signing – until he wasn’t. Liverpool ended up opting out of signing Timo Werner after the club sustained unprecedented losses due to pandemic – of course, Chelsea don’t need to worry about such trivial concerns.
The West London side swooped in and paid what the Reds weren’t prepared to – £45m – leaving Kopites the world over devastated.
Nicolas Pepe repeat
As said previously, Kopites are used to this sort of disappointment. Year in, year out, tabloids get our hopes up, convincing Reds fans that the club are about to sign that player everybody is talking about.
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Last summer one of the main characters of the club’s transfer window was Nicolas Pepe. Liverpool were linked with Pepe for months and months and for most of the window appeared to be at the front of the chase – until Arsenal signed him for £72m.
The Ivorian netted an extraordinary 22 goals and bagged 11 assists the season before he signed for Arsenal. In his debut season in North London he returned a measly five goals and six assists. Not a dreadful tally but not quite a £72m tally.
Liverpool losing Werner no disaster
Moving to the Premier League is one of the hardest career moves a player can make. Footballers the continent over will tell you of how much of an adjustment it is moving to the English top flight.
It is a much more physical game, the tempo is higher, the standard in general is much tougher. Some players, such as Nicolas Pepe, cannot recreate their form here.
Liverpool losing out on Werner may not be as much of a disaster as first predicted given the huge adjustment he needs to make.
The German striker may follow in the footsteps of Nicolas Pepe and be unable to live up to the hype when he hits British shores. It’s one thing outpacing archaic German defenders, it’s another burning past the colossal Virgil van Dijk.