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Journalist Provides Update On Liverpool’s Pursuit Of This Forward: What Will He Add To Klopp’s Team?

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In a recent interview with LFC Transfer Room, BILD’s Head of Football Christian Falk provided an update on Liverpool’s pursuit of Red Bull Leipzig attacker Timo Werner this summer. Falk backed the Reds to seal a move for the German international when he said (via LFC Transfer Room), “According to our information, the clause is 55 million as a base value and can grow to 60 million if RB Leipzig makes it into the Champions League.

“And yes, I think this transfer is happening. Interestingly, Werner now has a new Social Media and Marketing agency.

“The boss of this agency is also Jurgen Klopp’s manager. Werner is also talking a lot about Liverpool in the public eye now too…”

Werner’s Excellent Form For Leipzig This Season

The Stuttgart-born marksman has been a subject of a lot of praise after he produced several incredible goal-scoring performances as the spearhead of Julian Nagelsmann’s attack. He has become a real fan-favourite at the Red Bull Arena but is yet to win a major trophy with his current employers. Werner has registered 27 goals and 12 assists in 37 matches for Leipzig this term in multiple competitions which have enhanced his reputation in Germany.

The 24-year-old is getting better with each season, and it has been evident in his stats so far. He has averaged 3.7 shots, 1.5 key passes and 1.8 dribbles in every 90 minutes of football in the Bundesliga this season (stats via whoscored).

Werner has also got a prolific goal-scoring record for the German national side, netting 11 goals in 29 senior appearances for his country in the process. He will once again be expected to be the focal point of Joachim Low’s attack when the UEFA European Championship finals get underway in the summer of 2021 following the competition’s postponement due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Journalist provides update on Liverpool's pursuit of Timo Werner who is in action in the photo
Leipzig’s German forward Timo Werner runs with the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match RB Leipzig v Bayer 04 Leverkusen, in Leipzig, eastern Germany on March 1, 2020. (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The German International Add To Jurgen Klopp’s Team?

Werner can use his quickness and agility to complete some penetrative dribbles in the final third. The German tends to operate close to the last line of the opposition defence, which makes him a constant menace for his markers. The Stuttgart youth product can also read the game well that enables him to position himself in some promising areas in and around the opposition penalty area. Most importantly, he is usually accurate with his shot attempts and has successfully established himself as a lethal finisher in front of goal.

Werner is primarily a centre-forward but is versatile enough to fill in as a left-sided winger if required. His blistering pace, outstanding versatility and prolific nature has made him a perfect fit for Jurgen Klopp’s side before the start of the new season. The German striker has the potential to form the new ‘Fab Four’ at Merseyside and could thrive with the opportunity of playing along with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah at Anfield.

Recruiting a forward of Werner’s quality and goal-threat will undeniably be a massive coup for the Reds and their long-term ambitions as a football team. He will not only add plenty of goals to the Liverpool frontline but also bolster their squad depth significantly heading into the new campaign. Klopp would also have the option to use either Firmino or Werner as an impact substitute in specific matches. Having someone as talented as either of those players on the bench is a luxury he has not had during his time as the Liverpool manager.

With all things considered, Werner will be a dream acquisition for the Merseyside giants as he will also help them challenge for even more silverware in the coming seasons.

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