Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Timo Werner, but the RB Leipzig goal machine is reportedly seeking assurances by the Reds if he is to make the switch to Anfield, according to Sky Sports.
Werner has been in superb form this season, netting 27 goals and registering 11 assists in just 33 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
Since joining Leipzig from Stuttgart in the summer of 2016, Werner has claimed an impressive 88 goals and 38 assists in 147 competitive appearances, as well as winning 29 Germany caps with 11 goals scored in the process (Transfermarkt).
The 23-year-old has also proven he can hold his own against Premier League competition as he was a constant thorn in Tottenham Hotspur’s side and claimed the winning goal against Jose Mourinho’s charges in the Champions League last week.
After the win, Werner – who has a £50million release clause, according to Sky Sports – spoke of his admiration for Liverpool and his pride in being linked with Jurgen Klopp’s side, telling Norway’s Viasport Football: “I know that Liverpool is the best team at the moment in the world.
“When you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud. It’s a pleasure but I know that Liverpool have a lot of good players and I have to improve myself, to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”
According to Sky Sports, Werner is “almost certain” to leave Leipzig in the summer but accepts that he’ll have “serious competition” in the shape of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino – and he also “does not believe he is at their level yet”.
However, the report claims that “if Liverpool can give his representatives the assurances they need, then Werner playing for Liverpool next season becomes a real possibility.”
Werner has shown over the past few seasons – and particularly this one – that he is a world-class forward, and as such would be an asset in the current strongest team in club football.
That he doesn’t feel he’s at the level of the Liverpool attacking trident is fair enough, given he’s still relatively young – but also implies a desire to work hard to get to their level, which is an admirable trait.
Considering a team such as Liverpool will easily play 50 plus games a season when you factor in the league and long cup runs, it’s unlikely that the likes of Salah, Mane and Firmino will play every single game, when you factor in injuries, fatigue, suspensions, tactical tweaks and the like.
Klopp and the Anfield hierarchy will surely know what to do, and then some, in order to entice Werner to the club, and if they pull it off, they’ll have a truly spectacular talent at their service.