He’s 22 years old, scores goals like they’re going out of fashion, and could only cost £36m. Timo Werner has refused a contract from RB Leipzig and with their reluctance to sell to domestic rivals (Bayern or Dortmund), Liverpool seems like the obvious destination.
Starting at VfB Stuttgart from a very young age, he quickly became the youngest debutant and goalscorer in Die Schwaben’s history. A move to Leipzig in summer 2016 for a fee of around €10m soon turned out to be a bargain. The Stuttgart-born striker, who can also be deployed out wide, found the net 21 times in the league, the highest German goalscorer that year. Not bad at 21 years old.
Height – 5ft 11in
Appearances – 194
Goals – 66
Assists – 25
There’s a reason he is nicknamed ‘Turbo Timo’. Clocked running 100m in 11.11 seconds, there’s no doubt his lightning speed would add heaps to an already dynamic Liverpool attack. Mohamed Salah would shift back onto his more familiar right-hand side where he was so deadly last season. With Firmino just in behind the German sharpshooter and equally speedy Sadio Mané to his left, there is every chance Timo Werner could help propel Liverpool away from the clutches of Tottenham and Manchester City and to their first league title since 1990.
It’s 26th September 2017. Vodafone Park was jam-packed with Besiktas faithful, the atmosphere tangible even a mile away. Leipzig were going to have to rely on their star striker if they were to return from Turkey with a chance of making it past the Champions League Group Stage…
They lost 2-0. Timo Werner was substituted at half-time. He couldn’t deal with the atmosphere and became dizzy; something to do with his ears and circulation. He tried ear plugs but they didn’t work. RB Leipzig dropped into the Europa League, three points short of the knockout rounds. A bitter blow for a Leipzig side that had only tasted success since ascending from the depths of German football.
With Liverpool playing in high-octane matches week in week out, there’s always a possibility that Timo Werner could not be able to handle the grandest of stages, something that could come back to bite both Liverpool and the German.
Considering Leipzig wanted £90m in the summer, Liverpool HAVE to go in whilst the price is low. Electrifying pace and lethal finishing, not to forget that he’s only 22. Timo Werner would only add to the plethora of bargains Michael Edwards and Jürgen Klopp have managed to get their hands on this season, and would surely edge Liverpool closer and closer to that all-elusive Premier League title.
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