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Liverpool could finally sign 2020 transfer target as part of Klopp system change

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In the summer of 2020, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Timo Werner. In fact, it wasn’t just that the club were linked with a move for the then-Red Bull Leipzig forward, it’s believed that FSG made a concrete effort to bring the German to Anfield.

In the end, Werner decided to opt for a move to Chelsea. How much was down to him and how much was down to RB Leipzig, we may never know for sure: the FSG offer would have come in installments, much in the same way that Liverpool only ended up paying an initial £4m up front for Diogo Jota.

But whether it was a deliberate decision or not, the move backfired on the player spectacularly, as he became just the latest in a long line of strikers to flounder at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea paid around £47m to bring Werner to London, but the goals, which were so bountiful in the Bundesliga, vanished upon arrival at Stamford Bridge. Jota, meanwhile, flourished under the watchful eye of Jürgen Klopp.

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In his two years at Chelsea, Werner has netted 23 times and provided 21 assists in 89 games for The Blues. The fact that he’s so nearly provided more assists than scored goals for Chelsea tells its own story: Werner has morphed into a workhorse forward who works hard for the team but rarely scores.

Werner’s failure to light up was the chief reason Chelsea paid £97m to bring Romelu Lukaku back to London, and we all know how that has worked out.

Now it seems that even with Lukaku going back to Inter, Chelsea remain intent on getting rid of Werner too. According to website Football Insider, Liverpool are once again interested in bringing Werner to Anfield, and it’s likely that he won’t spurn them for a second time.

It’s believed that a deal could be done in the region of £30m. With Liverpool flush with cash from the sale of Sadio Mané, not to mention the imminent departure of Takumi Minamino for around £15m, FSG would have little problem offering that kind of money.

But the real question is, do they need Werner now?

Werner is still only 26, and still has time to develop as a player. At Chelsea, he was used more as a willing runner than a centre-forward. A lot of his best work came outside the box rather than inside it.

If Klopp is to remain implementing the 4-3-3 system next season, then it’s difficult to see where Werner would fit in, given the signing of Darwin Núñez. However, should Klopp pivot to a new formation, a 4-2-3-1, for example, then there might just be room for Werner in the new-look Liverpool set up.

Werner could lead the line when Núñez was absent, or else occupy one of the attacking positions behind the Uruguayan. An attacking department containing Werner, Nunez, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Luis Díaz and Mohamed Salah, all interchanging for four positions, would represent a nice headache for Klopp to have.

Even if Chelsea were open to selling Werner to Liverpool, it’s difficult to see a deal happening, considering there are other areas of the squad that need fixing, like midfield.

Yet if a deal could be done at a relatively low cost, it could be worth a shot, and we could finally see Werner in a Liverpool shirt. It would not be the first time FSG have waited for their man, and it tends to end well.



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