Simon Hughes has been speaking about Liverpool’s chances of signing RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, while speaking on The Athletic’s The Red Agenda podcast.
It has been reported by The Athletic that the Reds are interested in signing the Germany international, and that he is mutually keen on making the move to Anfield.
This would see him sign for £51m, and while that is a substantial fee, it surely represents an absolute bargain for somebody with Werner’s talents.
However, Hughes has suggested (44:30) that negotiations may have stalled slightly: “I just think everything has changed. At the end of February, I think people were expecting that Liverpool would ramp up not just their interest, but they’d formulise their interest in Timo Werner around this time. I’ve got to be honest, a lot of people have gone quiet on that. I have been keeping on top of this story, but it just seems like everything that’s happened has slowed things down.
“Clearly, Leipzig are going to want to find out what’s happening with the Champions League, they’re having a great season. Could win the Bundesliga, they’re in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
He then added: “At this stage, the discussions remain at the informal stage.”
For Liverpool to miss out on signing Werner at this price would be a massive blow, especially when it is considered that aside from the infamous front three, their main attacking option is Divock Origi.
The 24-year-old has been in superb form, both domestically and in Europe, scoring 27 goals and assisting a further nine in 33 starts and three substitute appearances across all competitions this term.
When putting this level of prolificacy alongside his pace and the likelihood that his style could fit Jurgen Klopp’s system, then add in the price, it feels as though he would be pretty much the perfect signing for Liverpool.
Therefore, they simply cannot allow themselves to miss out on bringing the German into their club.