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Renowned Journalist Backs Liverpool To Land This Bundesliga Striker: Good Move For All Parties?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent Q&A with Bleacher Report, when asked about how close Liverpool are to seal a move for Red Bull Leipzig centre-forward Timo Werner, renowned journalist Dean Jones provided an update that will excite a lot of the Merseyside club’s fans when he said, “Everything I’m hearing is that this WILL happen. The only confusion comes with this pause in activity and how hard it is to negotiate and have discussions right now because of the travel ban. I’m told Werner is desperate to play in the Premier League. I know he’s linked with a lot of English clubs, but if he’s going to come he has to go to a team that’s really challenging. Plus there’s the lure of Klopp, so that make Liverpool his top destination. If he leaves Leipzig, which is looking likely, it’s his only real landing spot.”

Werner’s Glowing Reputation In The Bundesliga

The German international has enjoyed another prolific season in terms of goal-scoring at the Red Bull Arena so far after putting in a string of match-winning performances as the focal point of Julian Nagelsmann’s attack. The Stuttgart-born striker has appeared in 36 matches for Leipzig this term, netting 27 goals and providing 12 assists across all fronts which shows just how essential he has been under Nagelsmann’s tutelage. Werner’s remarkable contributions in the attacking third of the field have helped him establish himself as a real favourite among the Leipzig supporters.

The 24-year-old has been a constant menace for the Bundesliga defenders over the past few years, and it has been no exception this season as well after he averaged 3.8 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.8 dribbles in every 90 minutes of football in the German first division so far (stats via whoscored).

Werner has also enhanced his reputation at the international level and has scored 11 goals in 29 senior appearances for the German national team. Germany boss Joachin Low will once again rely on him to bang in the goals when the UEFA European Championship finals take place in the summer of 2021 following its postponement due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Leipzig’s German forward Timo Werner (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with his teammate Danish forward Yussuf Poulsen during the German Cup (DFB Pokal) quarter-final football match Augsburg v RB Leipzig on April 2, 2019. (Photo credit CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

What Will The Leipzig Attacker Add To Jurgen Klopp’s Side?

Werner can be a potent threat in the final third as he often relies on his quickness and agility to make some intelligent runs in behind the opposition defence. The ex-Stuttgart marksman can read the movements of the opposition quite well that allow him to find space and cause a lot of problems in and around the opposition penalty area. He can also hit the ball with a lot of venom and precision, which explains how he has scored so many goals for Leipzig in recent years.

Why Werner Joining The Reds Will Be A Good Move For All Parties

Werner is also versatile enough to fill in as a left-sided winger if needed. He has the potential to strike up a fruitful attacking partnership with the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino by forming the new ‘Fab Four’ at Anfield. However, there are some lingering question marks over his ability to cope with the physical nature and high intensity of Premier League football.

The German forward will not only bring plenty of goals to the Merseyside club but also offer Klopp the flexibility to tweak his first-team, tactics and formations more often in the years to come. Werner can also benefit from joining a team that has seen so much success over the past 18 months. He would finally have a realistic chance of claiming some trophies if he ends up sealing a move to the north-west of England in the coming months. Altogether, it seems like a transfer that will benefit everyone involved as Leipzig can also enjoy the extra cash inflow and use it wisely to bring in a suitable replacement for Werner this summer.

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