In the last couple of years, the growing excitement around Timo Werner has seen his name feature in headlines across the globe. The 24-year-old German striker, currently plying his trade at RB Leipzig, has been tearing up the Bundesliga since joining the club in 2016, and has cemented himself as one of the most prolific young strikers in world football.
Werner has bagged 24 league goals in 27 appearances so far this season, including a hattrick in a 5-0 thrashing of Mainz over the weekend. He also has seven assists, proving that he is far from a one-dimensional goal scorer.
For over a year now, there have been several sources linking the player with a move to Liverpool, and with a £52 million release clause he would come as a bargain. For Red’s fans, this is a mouth-watering prospect.
The attacker has publicly welcomed the reports of a summer transfer to Merseyside, and even labelled Jurgen Klopp ‘the best coach in the world’. Add this to the fact that there is already a relationship between those in Liverpool and Leipzig following the deal to bring Naby Keita to the club, many have assumed that the transfer is a case of when not if.
There’s no doubt that Werner fits the criteria to be a Liverpool player, he’s hard working off the ball, he excels in counter attacking situations and although he’s not the most physically or aerially threatening forward, he uses his pace and skill to find space and create chances.
However, the question on many people’s minds may be how exactly Timo Werner would fit in to Jurgen Klopp’s side?
In Liverpool’s 4-3-3, Roberto Firmino plays as a false-nine with wingers Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah either side of him as the primary goal threats.
It’s possible that Werner may play as a winger, its where he played in his Stuttgart days and its arguably where his lightening pace would be best utilised. It’s extremely unlikely that he would be above Mane or Salah in the pecking order but there’s no doubt he would get opportunity.
Liverpool don’t really have a huge amount of squad depth going forward in comparison to some of the other top teams in Europe, especially with the consistent injuries of Xherdan Shaqiri. Having a game-changer like Werner on the bench could do wonders for the European champions.
However, Werner may demand a starting position. With Klopp unlikely to drop Firmino the most likely scenario may see him revert to a 4-2-3-1, which would see the current front three drop slightly behind Werner as an attacking midfield trio rather than a forward line trio. It would require some adjustments for The Reds but with one of the world’s best young strikers leading the line, the change would surely garner reward.
For now, it’s unclear where exactly Werner would be utilised in Klopp’s team, however there is absolutely no doubt that his style of play is a perfect fit for Liverpool’s counter attacking, high press methodology. The addition of the German will allow for more rotation within the side which would combat the fear of long-term injuries.
Not only would Werner be the perfect addition to this Liverpool team, Merseyside would be the perfect place for him to hone his craft. Players such as Mane, Salah and Virgil Van Dijk have gone from good players to world class players under the tutelage of Klopp, and with Werner far from his peak years, there is plenty of time for Klopp to do the same with the forward. If the transfer is to go through in the summer, It could be the perfect fit for all parties involved.
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