If reports coming from the Independent over the past day are anything to go by, then Jurgen Klopp has allegedly lined up RB Leipzig’s up-and-coming forward Timo Werner ahead of a summer swoop.
The 21-year-old German international has enjoyed a fruitful season as part of RB Leipzig’s shock rise to the top of the Bundesliga to the table and it is believed that Klopp has listed him as a prime summer target.
With Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi struggling to set the Premier League alight last season, Klopp has wasted no time in signing Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke and could look at Werner for extra depth.
What does Werner have to offer at Anfield?
In one of the biggest shocks in Europe, RB Leipzig took the Bundesliga by storm in just their first year in the top-flight, defying the odds to finish the season in second place behind Bayern Munich.
Arguably one of the most integral players behind their efforts was their star forward Werner, a 21-year-old forward who has burst onto the scene in Germany with 21 league goals and five assists.
Utilised more as a winger at previous club Stuttgart, Werner has been deployed as more of a main striker for the season just gone and he’s really developed into a well-rounded, instinctive attacker.
His pace, energy and never-ending willingness to make runs off the ball makes him almost unplayable at times, and he uses his intelligence to open up space for his teammates to run into.
Werner is also an extremely selfless striker due to his roots as a wide player, creating 32 chances for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, and this makes him twice at deadly inside the opposition final third.
With Liverpool crying out for a goal-scorer to spear-head their attack, Werner could be the missing piece of the jigsaw that saw the Reds fall short in their battle for the Premier League title this season.
The German international is by no means the finished article yet – and it’s always going to be a risk moving to a different league abroad – but he’s shown enough promise during his time at RB Leipzig.
At just 21-years-old it’s clear to see that there’s bags of potential that can be unlocked under the correct management; and under the care of Jurgen Klopp, there’s arguably no better place for him.