Liverpool have already had discreet discussions with RB Leipzig, during which they announced their intention to sign Timo Werner. The transfer saga appears to be a dominant scenario in the months to come, as the Reds and other clubs adjust to the current financial landscape.
Jurgen Klopp is expected to lose Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for up to six weeks next January as they prepare for the African Cup of Nations.
The blunt reality is that the current attack options in reserve are not able to intensify for such a long period.
Werner is the man Klopp and the board want to get across.
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This means that they will then have to negotiate with Leipzig and that the ball is in the Bundesliga’s court.
Fortunately for Liverpool, Leipzig will have to consider that Werner’s release clause will drop to £ 36 million next summer.
This could put some pressure on Leipzig, especially given Werner’s clear desire to move to Anfield.
He also reportedly told Liverpool that he would wait for the Reds to make their final decision before making calls to his future.
Since February, Werner has made it clear that he wants to join Liverpool.
He said earlier this year, “There is one of the best managers in the world with Jurgen Klopp, and he is also German.
“There is a lot to suggest that I might integrate Liverpool very well with my playing style.
“But I don’t think about it yet because we have so much to do with Leipzig. “
Liverpool will now take its time to assess a deal and find out if it suits them financially, once the Premier League season is over.