The Chalkboard: What Werner would bring to Liverpool

Speaking to German newspaper Sport Bild, reported via ESPN, Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has stated his desire to see the Reds sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

Keita played with Werner in the Bundesliga, prior to his arrival at Anfield, and clearly believes that the German forward could have an impact in the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp may agree, and could be tempted to make a move for the 22-year-old attacker, especially considering the new dimension he would bring to Liverpool’s attacking contingent.

On the chalkboard

In Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino the Reds boast one of the finest frontlines in European football. This trio share such a great chemistry and cohesion that at times they become utterly impossible to defend against.

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All three are prolific, technically gifted, creative and tremendous athletes. However, Klopp’s squad lacks quality depth to offer cover for any of these three. Neither Daniel Sturridge nor Divock Origi have the quality to act as effective stand-ins.

What’s more, as Firmino’s game continues to evolve he looks more and more suited a No. 10 role. With Salah in his preferred wide berth, this creates an opening for Werner to lead the line for the Merseyside outfit.

A spearhead

Werner’s pace and finishing ability make him the ideal candidate to spearhead the Reds’ attack. The 23-cap Germany international’s finishing ability ought to make him prolific in the Premier League, especially with the likes of Firmino, Salah and Mane working to create chances for him. 

Werner is also versatile enough to play on either flank, meaning he’d offer a quality back up option to Salah and Mane – something Liverpool currently lack.

Given the form he’s been in this season, any genuine interest on Liverpool’s part in striking a summer deal to sign Werner would be understandable. As per Transfermarkt’s stats, he has registered eleven goals in twenty league games already this term.