Liverpool are said to be interested in signing Timo Werner for next season. His arrival could help rejuvenate one Reds midfielder.
Werner has been in stunning form so far this campaign. In 30 matches in all competitions before this weekend, the 23-year-old had scored 25 goals, whilst he had also managed to lay on 10 assists as well. In the Bundesliga, only Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski had hit the back of the net on more occasions (22).
Naby Keita, meanwhile, has not enjoyed himself as much at Anfield. The Guinea international has struggled with injuries since making the switch to Merseyside and, even though he had scored three times this term before Saturday’s match against Norwich, he still needs to improve to earn a regular starting spot in Jurgen Klopp’s XI.
With RB Leizpig, Keita’s best season was in 2016/17, Die Rotenbullen’s first in the Bundesliga following promotion. In that campaign, he managed eight goals and eight assists, his highest return in a league campaign in Germany before his transfer to the Premier League.
Of those assists, five of them were for Werner. Even Emil Forsberg, who created 18 goals for his teammates that term, only laid on one more for the Germany international. Whilst this campaign threatens to be far more prolific considering he had scored 20 with 13 games left to play prior to matchday 22 in the Bundesliga, the former Stuttgart forward’s tally of 21 in that season in the German top flight is the highest he has managed to date in his career.
£37.8m-valued Keita – as per Transfermarkt – is in need of some rejuvenation, but as his three goals indicate, he has not lost his ability – rather, he has just not been able to show off the full array of his talents. Robert Firmino, of course, is a different type of striker to Werner, but playing the two would allow Klopp to keep the Brazil international in his side, whilst also bringing in a prolific centre-forward – Firmino only has 10 goals in all competitions this term. That, then, could help rekindle a telepathic connection between Werner and Keita, and help get the best out of the 25-year-old, who they signed for £48m. That is not a fee they will want to give up on just yet.