According to a report from reliable journalist Melissa Reddy in the Independent, Liverpool remain in ‘pole position‘ to sign RB Leipzig star Timo Werner this summer – but the impact of a recent pandemic has forced the club to play a waiting game,
Werner, who has bagged 21 goals and seven assists in the Bundesliga this season over 24 league starts, appears to be a highly sought-after striking target for manager Jurgen Klopp as he searches for more forward options who can potentially challenge Roberto Firmino for his starting spot.
Recent reports have suggested that the Reds may well be close to triggering his £50 million release clause, but due to the current pandemic, footballing finances are tentative and Liverpool are currently exploring all possible options, according to Reddy.
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The Germany international has been key to his side’s title challenge this season, helping RB Leipzig climb to third in the table just behind fellow title challengers Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
His brilliant form has reportedly culminated in strong Liverpool interest, with Anfield being the player’s ‘destination of choice‘ should he opt for a summer move away from the Bundesliga this campaign.
Reddy also claimed that, even though we remain determined to sign Werner, the Reds will not ‘abandon‘ their recruitment principles in order to spend big – with the club possibly emphasising an importance in seeking out ‘clever moves‘ in order to not break the bank.
Whether or not we get the deal done soon is up for debate, but judging by the Independent’s outlook, Liverpool are at least still ahead of the pack to sign the ‘absolutely rapid‘ forward.