Liverpool will press on with their attempts to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig this summer. That’s because the Reds are not convinced with the form Divock Origi has shown in what was seen as a defining season for the forward.
The Germany international has impressed this season, netting 27 goals and providing 11 assists in all competitions.
Liverpool are desperate to sign Werner in the summer because of concerns over Origi, according to The Athletic.
The Belgian has failed to impress this season following his exploits in big games at the tail-end of the last campaign which earned him a new contract at Anfield.
And Jurgen Klopp also knows he will be without Mohamed Salah because of the Olympics and Sadio Mane due to his participation in the African Cup of Nations at various points next year.
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Origi is not seen as a viable backup with Xherdan Shaqiri also expected to leave the Merseyside club this summer.
That means Liverpool will go all-out to complete the transfer of Werner at the end of the season.
And the 23-year-old has not hidden the fact he would be very keen on a switch to Anfield when speaking in recent weeks.
“When you score 20 goals as a 23-year-old in a season then, of course, there is interest. That’s clear,” he explained.
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“We are going into many important games. That’s what I want to focus on now. I can still contemplate my future later.
“What do you say if a club comes knocking, a club which is one of the favourites to win the Champions League and makes an incredible offer? Most likely every player would think about it.
“I can generally imagine playing abroad one day, although I don’t have any specific club where I want to be. I am open for everything.
“I was in America for a holiday recently and English football was on all the time. That’s an exclamation mark for the Premier League.
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“But there are also big, famous clubs and it would certainly be fun playing there.”
Liverpool legend Steve McManaman has warned Liverpool over signing Werner though.
“I think he’s a great goalscorer and his record proves that,” he explained last month.
“Whether he’s the player that the other three at Liverpool are, with a footballing brain, then I don’t necessarily think he is.
“I don’t think he’s the type of player that will take people on and positionally move wide and things like that. I think he is a proper goalscorer.
“I do wonder if Liverpool are actually interested in him if I’m being honest. I don’t think he’s the type of player that Liverpool would go for at this moment.
“Is he a proven goalscorer? Yes he is. Would he get into the Liverpool team? Then I think that would be a different question.
“If you’re going to sign a proven goalscorer for a huge amount of money then he’d want to go right into the team?
“So that’s why I would question whether Liverpool are actually interested in Werner.”
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