Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher is unsure whether the Reds will be able to sign reported target Timo Werner this summer in wake of current events.
The Anfield side has been heavily linked with the RB Leipzig striker, who has been in superb form this season, netting 27 goals and registering 12 assists.
Since joining Leipzig from Stuttgart in the summer of 2016, Werner has claimed an impressive 88 goals and 39 assists from 151 competitive appearances, as well as winning 29 Germany caps with 11 goals scored in the process (Transfermarkt).
The 24-year-old has previously described Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as “the best coach in the world”, was flattered by reported interest in him from the Premier League leaders, and believes the Reds’ style of play would suit him (Viasport).
Sky Sports, meanwhile, previously reported that Werner is very much willing to join Liverpool if they pay his £52million release clause before it expires on 15 June.
However, the football industry is set for a huge financial blow in wake of the global health crisis, with Manchester United chief financial officer Cliff Baty saying it had already set them back around £23million (The Mirror).
Carragher believes a top attacking player such as Werner should be sought after by at Liverpool, but he also reckons the Reds shouldn’t be too aggrieved if a move doesn’t come off in wake of current events, given the high quality already at their disposal.
“I think there was a good chance of it happening before the (global health crisis) happened,” Carragher is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying.
“But financially now you don’t know what state clubs are in. I actually saw something on Twitter before about Man United’s financial results so, you would expect Liverpool to be pretty similar [as to] how they’ve been affected. I am sure that will affect the transfer market.
“I don’t think Liverpool can complain too much with the squad they’ve got at the moment. They’ve lost one league game all season and one last season. There’s certainly not too much that needs too change but I do feel a top attacking player is needed but if the finances aren’t there, they aren’t there.”
Werner has made no secret of his admiration for Liverpool and Klopp, so it’s little surprise that he remains heavily linked with a move to Anfield.
The £53,000-a-week ace‘s track record speaks for itself, and he would certainly be an asset for the Reds, making their world-class attacking ranks even more fearsome.
The harsh reality, however, is that the football industry is likely to suffer a massive financial blow in wake of what’s happening now, and this summer could end up seeing a lot of figures scaled back massively across the board in order to make ends meet.