Liverpool have very little to offer from the bench in the attacking department and the potential departure of Sturridge leaves space for a new recruit.
Liverpool have made contact with RB Leipzig over a summer move for striker Timo Werner. According to SportBild, Liverpool have signalled their interest in the former Stuttgart ace, but no offer has been tabled. The report indicates that the Reds want to be kept up to date with the player’s situation. This will open up the option of then discussing a fee during the summer transfer window.
“He will not be cheap”
RB Leipzig CEO Dietrich Mateschitz has insisted that Timo Werner will not be sold on the cheap. “For sure that player will not be cheap,” he said when asked about selling the youngster in the summer potentially. Even the manager, Ralf Ragnick, went on to dismiss rumours suggesting a deal has already been struck with Bayern Munich. “A possible agreement is impossible for 2019 [right now]. We would have to agree, and we are not. Nobody has approached us from Bayern.”
“There will not be a case like Leon Goretzka and Robert Lewandowski between us and Timo Werner. This option does not exist and we do not need to talk about this scenario. Clubs that want him will report in the summer and then we will find a fair, mutually agreed solution. Everything else is not an option.”
Liverpool’s forward line has it all. It’s got the creativity, the explosive pace, the work rate and the goals. But they are very much reliant on Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah being fit. The headache Klopp now has is that the Reds don’t have a player capable of leading the line in Salah’s absence. The No.11 allows Liverpool to play a more direct game due to his pace but his off the ball movement also brings others into play. His positioning there allows Firmino, Mané and others from midfield to occupy areas in the middle.
It’s similar to what Werner does at RB Leipzig. Though he starts as a striker in a two-man attack, he more often than not peels away to the left. What’s interested here is even though he’s spending a lot of his time in wide areas, he’s still averaging close to eight touches in the opposition’s penalty area per 90 minutes.
And it is clear from the graphic that most of his shots this season have come from central zones. Werner is thriving as a forward but it’s clear he’s still got his wide forward habits. Not many teams in the world would be able to accommodate him as Liverpool would. On paper at least, he’s the ideal forward for Klopp and this Liverpool team.