Liverpool are monitoring RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner ahead of a possible summer switch, with Jürgen Klopp said to be a huge admirer of the in-demand forward.
Several Premier League clubs have reportedly enquired about the 22-year-old, but according to multiple sources, Liverpool are leading the race to secure the German’s signature.
The forward has been in phenomenal form for Leipzig this season, finding the net 18 times and contributing 4 assists in 37 games.
His progression at the Bundesliga club has drawn the attention of numerous clubs including Manchester United, but Klopp has shown the most interest and is thought to be very keen on bolstering his attacking options by bringing in the German.
Werner advanced through the academy at VfB Stuttgart and was initially deployed as a winger due to his speed and skill. When the club was relegated from the Bundesliga in 2016, he joined RB Leipzig for just €10 million.
Joachim Low handed the forward his first call-up to the Germany side in May 2017, after he continued to produce electrifying displays during his debut season with Die Roten Bullen.
It is these transfixing performances and Werner’s style of play that will excite Jürgen Klopp, as the forward would undoubtedly improve Liverpool’s attack if he were to move to Merseyside.
Since joining Leipzig, he has made the transition from a winger to a striker comfortably, and his energetic performances whilst leading the line have caused huge problems for opposition defenders.
His intelligence both on and off the ball enables the German to create space for himself and his teammates; this is a trait that Roberto Firmino exemplifies week in week out at Anfield, and is one that is vital to Liverpool’s attacking fluidity.
Werner is known for his speed and clinical finishing, and last season no player in Europe’s top five leagues scored more counter-attacking goals than him; considering Jürgen Klopp favours counter-attacking play and has a high-intensity approach to games, Werner has the characteristics and capabilities to flourish under him.
Lastly, Werner is extremely versatile and has played in all of the front three positions within a 4-3-3 formation in his short career. His adaptability and willingness to dominate both wings, drop deep and fill in centrally make him the perfect player for Liverpool and the ideal stand-in for Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané or Mohamed Salah.
Werner has his fair share of admirers and when asked about him, the former Germany international Gerald Asamoah said:
Gerald Asamoah: “He’s a strong finisher, very fast, can get in behind defences and create spaces in deep-lying positions; Timo Werner is just very, very good.”
In an interview last year, Werner told Sport Bild:
Werner: “If you were to play at Anfield and hear the fans sing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ it would certainly be something special.”
The fact the German has spoken so fondly of Anfield as a place in the past should be seen as positive, as it implies he would be open to the idea of playing for Liverpool in the future, even if he doesn’t move in the upcoming window.
Werner would most likely cost a huge fee, but if he were to become even the slightest bit available, Jürgen Klopp would be foolish not to target him and to look elsewhere, as the player fits his tactics and the club impeccably.