As Liverpool look to grow from strength to strength, one of their prime summer targets have been advised to not join the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool during his time at the club. He has led the club to three final and now the Merseysiders sit top of the Premier League above Guardiola’s record breakers. The club looked to have regained their status among Europe’s elite. But one of their targets is advised against joining Klopp’s men by his manager and he has a point to be fair to him.
“The surroundings must be right”
Timo Werner has had some wise words come his way from Ralf Rangnick. The RB Leipzig manager has warned the attacker against joining Liverpool because of the ‘struggles’ of Naby Keita since he moved to Anfield.
“Keita was an outstanding player here, but he’s still struggling in Liverpool,” he told Sky in Germany.“So far, he’s not the player there that he was here. The surroundings must be right for Timo. That’s the case here.”
Werner’s contract situation
The German was also quizzed on the 22 year old’s contractual situation. Werner’s contract runs out in the summer of 2020 and he is yet to put pen to paper. This has seen the likes of Liverpool and Bayern Munich circle around the youngster.
“We have gone to our financial limits with our offer,” continued Rangnick.“We know that he can earn more elsewhere, but he can also provide for himself for the rest of his life here. Financial aspects will not be the decisive factor, but rather the sporting perspective.”
“We’re trying to keep him. He knows he’s very popular in the team, with the coach and the fans. He’s a top player, and he has become one of the most exciting Bundesliga strikers in the country. He still has one-and-a-half years left of his contract, and I hope that he’ll stay. But in the end, it’s up to him.”
Keita’s Liverpool struggles might be more due to Klopp misusing the Guinean. He isn’t just dribbling less, but he’s playing a more restrictive position than at Leipzig, keeping him away from the centre of the pitch. And injuries haven’t helped his cause either. Coming to Werner, Rangnick is right is saying that the forward should stay longer at Leipzig. He must stay longer and hone is skills before plunging into the deep end. Moreover, a year under Julian Nagelsmann wouldn’t necessarily be bad, would it?