Liverpool are still firmly in the hunt for silverware this season, with success still on the cards domestically and in the Champions League.
Yesterday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea put them back ahead of Manchester City in the race for the title. The Citizens do hold a game in hand on Jurgen Klopp’s team but nonetheless, it looks like being a close run thing.
The Reds hold a two-goal advantage from the first leg with Porto and a semi-final with Barcelona or Manchester United looks almost certain.
Some news emerged yesterday courtesy of Sky Sports that might interest Liverpool.
It was claimed by the CEO of Leipzig, Oliver Mintzlaff, that Timo Werner won’t sign a new deal with the Bundesliga club.
The 23-year-old has been offered fresh terms by the German club but he has now indicated that he won’t pen the new deal.
Back in March, Bild claimed that Leipzig valued their star man at £88 million. It seems unlikely that they will receive such a fee now given his contract situation.
As a result, that should be music to Liverpool’s ears. With their season still in the balance, attention won’t turn towards next season just yet, but Werner’s availability could delight Klopp.
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With 17 goals in 31 games this season he clearly knows where the net is. Since moving to Leipzig from Stuttgart in 2016 the forward has 60 goals and 23 assists in 108 appearances.
His energetic performances are perhaps what will catch Liverpool’s eye. Given Klopp’s style of play, only a certain type of forward player can fit into the German’s ethos.
Werner fits that billing, he ticks all the boxes and he would act as superb competition for Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
When one of those has been injured this season, the cover hasn’t exactly been prolific. Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi have scored just four times this season.
Given his age and unfulfilled potential Liverpool will need to act fast. Klopp needs a little bit more quality within his squad if he is to keep his team competitive and Werner will have lots of potential suitors this summer.