Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino – there is hardly any team in world football today who does not fear this frontline trio of Liverpool.
Liverpool have no plans to make any summer signings.
Timo Werner is not being considered by the club, nor is Ousmane Dembele. [BBC]
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) June 6, 2020
They have kicked-off an era, which gave Liverpool so much to cheer for. Their replacement will always be tough to find, but football world always keeps on producing talents like Timo Werner, the German and RB Leipzig forward, who became the choice of Liverpool fans thanks to the German’s public flirtations with Jurgen Klopp’s side throughout the season and reports of a €52m release clause in his RB Leipzig contract.
Anfield was expected to be Werner’s next home despite Liverpool never holding talks with the Bundesliga outfit regarding a move for the striker.
Chelsea have agreed a HUGE £54m deal for Timo Werner 😲 pic.twitter.com/UXM6JazP4T
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) June 6, 2020
But the move took a sharp U-turn as Chelsea activated the release clause of Werner.
Liverpool’s unwillingness to meet the release clause for Timo Werner prompted the RB Leipzig striker to have a change of heart and accept an offer from Chelsea.
While Klopp is an admirer of Werner, Liverpool – who had been tracking him since 2017 – were not tempted to trigger the £54mllion release fee, which is due to expire on June 15.
Werner, having waited in vain for a move to Bayern Munich last summer, didn’t want to take the chance of failing to secure a transfer away from Leipzig for a second successive year.
Timo Werner on the counter 👀💨 pic.twitter.com/mKCPSAKPsv
— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) June 5, 2020
Liverpool’s unwillingness to activate the release clause opened the doors for Chelsea who agreed on a deal in principle to sign the talented German forward.
Chelsea were unable to sign players last year and opted not to bring in any acquisitions in January, instead of focusing on their main targets this summer.
The club are also interested in bringing in a new left-back, with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell their number one target.
Timo Werner for RB Leipzig:
✅16/17: 32 games, 21 goals & 7 assists
✅17/18: 45 games, 21 goals & 10 assists
✅18/19: 37 games, 19 goals & 10 assists
✅19/20: 40 games, 31 goals & 12 assists
Deadly and consistent since he was 20. pic.twitter.com/88bLaUYamt
— Football Talent Scout – Jacek Kulig (@FTalentScout) June 6, 2020
The Werner move is a smart one from Chelsea, who are passing through a transition period.
Frank Lampard took the responsibility of making the club great again and thus, investing in versatility and Werner fits his plans pretty well.
Werner was playing as an out and out center-forward at Stuttgart and under Julian Nagelsmann at Leipzig, he was put out wide in a game against Bayern Munich to try to counter Bayern’s wide players. He’s very quick and showed his ability and versatility from there.
Chelsea have signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and have someone like Christian Pulisic under the wings. A frontline of Werner, Ziyech, and Pulisic is expected to give tough times to the opposition in Premier League.