Liverpool are lining up a move to bring Chelsea striker Timo Werner to Anfield as Jurgen Klopp seeks to bolster his attacking options.
That’s according to Football Insider, who stated that the Reds are eyeing up a move for the Germany international this summer as Klopp looks to add another forward to his squad.
Chelsea will be looking for a fee of around £33m if any potential transfer is to take place and this is comfortably inside Liverpool’s budget, especially with funds generated from the sales of Sadio Mane and (imminently) Takumi Minamino.
This will be the second time Klopp has wanted to bring the striker to Liverpool after missing out on him in 2019.
The move for Werner may come as a surprise to the Anfield faithful, especially considering the player’s underwhelming spell in the Premier League during his two seasons at Chelsea.
Nonetheless, he could well fit into Klopp’s style of play and become a useful signing, especially with the departures of Divock Origi, Mane and most probably Minamino which have lessened the Reds’ attacking depth.
Despite his struggles in England, the 26-year-old German could still offer something different to the Liverpool attack, and his figures when he was at RB Leipzig may suggest that Klopp could get the best out of him.
Werner netted an incredible 93 goals and registered 40 assists in just 158 matches with the Bundesliga club, a record which promoted Chelsea to splash the cash on the player.
He has shown glimpses of what he is capable of over the last 12 months, ranking in the 98th percentile among strikers in Europe’s top five leagues for touches in the attacking penalty area with 8.12 per match, while also taking 3.16 shots per game.
If Werner can return to the form which saw him dazzle at Leipzig, he could form an effective duo with Liverpool winger Luis Diaz – who made an instant impression upon coming to England in January – and add to his Premier League goal tally. It’s not for nothing that his Chelsea teammate Kai Havertz dubbed him “unpredictable”.
It might be a risky move, but if Klopp pulls it off and it works out, it could be one of his finest Liverpool signings to date.