Liverpool and Timo Werner seem to be a match made in heaven. The RB Leipzig striker is one of the most talented goalscorers in the world. He is also an incredibly versatile attacker who often also acts as a facilitator for the team, as outlined in this profile of the German squad vis StatsBomb.
Werner would seemingly be a direct replacement for Roberto Firmino, while also bringing in the ability to play as a wide forward on the left. This would increase rotation options while keeping elite players in the attacking band. This is why so many rumor mongers - and folks on this site - link Werner and Liverpool: it seems like an incredibly natural fit.
So, it’s not exactly a wonder that his name would be linked with Liverpool once more. However, the way in which Werner has come up is interesting. Mostly because the news report is sourced from words attributed to Werner directly.
When speaking to Bild, Werner indicated that he believed the Premier League to be the top league in the world.
“The Premier League is certainly the most interesting league, you have to say. There is a certain flair to watching the English league and playing there.”
Knowing that Werner sees the top level of world football as being the Premier League means that his ambitions must be pointed, at least, in this direction. Which may mean that Premier League clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, and, yes, Liverpool, may have a chance at landing the talent over the likes of Bayern Munich, who many might have pegged as the real front runner in the race for his signature.
Regardless, the summer transfer window is looking like it will be an interesting one for Liverpool, who have re-asserted themselves over the past 18 months as one of best teams in the world - if not the best team. And with Liverpool’s standing in world football both in terms of on-pitch and off-pitch success being at its height in the past ten years, one has to naturally place them as among the leaders in any race to sign a marquee star.
The difference, though, is that we look like the type of team that will happily pass on a star if they don’t suit our needs. And that brings with it a sense of calm. Would it be exciting to sign someone like Werner? Yes, unequivocally. But unlike in the past, we can trust that not bringing someone of his caliber also means that our decision-makers are happy with what we’ve got. And I, for one, find a lot of peace in knowing that, to this point, they’ve been right.