Recent reports have surfaced that indicate that RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is set to be a Liverpool player. Yet there is evidence to suggest that the Reds don’t need a player like him and that his signing would be a waste of resources.
Werner not needed at Anfield
Werner wants an Anfield move. According to the stories, the German desires a summer switch to Anfield and prefers the Reds over Chelsea. The striker has proved his quality time and time again – this season alone, he has scored 20 goals as Leipzig top the Bundesliga.
Reds do not need a player like Werner. First, where would he play? With Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino taking up all the front three positions there is no room for Werner. In addition, he has simply too much quality to be languishing on the Reds’ bench.
Also, the Reds have several options in attack. Divock Origi has played well when called upon and Xherdan Shaqiri is a solid option. Finally, there is Takumi Minamino who was recently signed and plays a similar position. It would not make sense for manager Jurgen Klopp to take such a course of action.
More worryingly, Werner may block the path for Liverpool’s talented youngsters. Rhian Brewster has already been forced to leave on loan due to a lack of opportunity. In addition, Harvey Elliot has shone when given a chance. The German may set back his development in an irreversible manner.
It’s important to also remember that Werner won’t come cheap. The reports claim that Liverpool will be forced to pay €60 million for the striker. Even with the recent rise of transfer fees, this is an exorbitant amount for a bench player.
Historically, Klopp has tended to avoid buying players in January. The Liverpool manager likes to save his big purchases for the summer when he has the chance to bed in his players.
Werner is not going to change that. Despite the German’s quality, he poses the threat of disrupting the chemistry that has been so key in Liverpool’s near-perfect season. Who knows how a player of his quality would react to being benched.
While the argument could be made that he scores more than Roberto Firmino, the Brazilian is seen to be more talented. He knits the front three together in a way that a finisher like Werner does not. And the footballing world is taking notice of Firmino. French legend Thierry Henry had this to say:
“Firmino is the most complete striker in the league. I’m not talking about the best finisher or the best work-rate, I’m talking about all round. The most complete (striker) in the league,” said Henry while doing analysis for Sky Sports.
Quite simply, there is no place for Werner in Liverpool.
Werner not needed
While the Leipzig forward is undoubtedly a top-class player, there would be no space for him at Liverpool. The Reds simply have too much talent already to justify his purchase.