Former Liverpool ace Stephen Warnock believes Timo Werner could be an ideal signing for Liverpool, given he could make a key impact in the away games. The Germany international has been constantly linked with the Reds in recent months but RB Leipzig are quite clear that they won’t sanction his sale for anything less than the £52m release clause on his contract.
As a result, the Merseyside outfit have stalled on their pursuit but Warnock believes the 24-year-old would prove a quality signing for the Reds with his pace on the counter-attack, he told: “Away from home I think Werner would be really dangerous because of his pace and Liverpool’s counter-attacking football. He would enjoy the prospect of working with Klopp, although what you’d ideally want is for him to have a full pre-season to understand what the manager wants.”
Werner has bagged 27 goals and 12 assists for Leipzig during the course of the current campaign but Leipzig are still chasing Bayern Munich for the league title. Leipzig returned to action after the coronavirus shutdown last weekend but they only managed a 1-1 draw against Wolfsburg away from home.
As a result, they have dropped seven points behind Bayern at the top of the standings with eight games to play and it appears unlikely that they can close the deficit, unless the German champions suffer a sequence of defeats. Meanwhile, Leipzig progressed to the quarter-final stage of the Champions League earlier this year and they will be hoping to provide a strong challenge for the European title when the competition resumes in August.
At present, the Reds are reluctant to trigger the release clause on Werner’s deal due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic and they are suggestions that the forward could remain with Leipzig for another 12 months. It is reported that his release clause could drop to £36m next summer and that would surely tempt the Reds to land his signature.