The Jürgen Klopp-Michael Edwards era at Anfield has transfer coups from the blue, blindsiding supporters with surprise moves for the likes of Alisson, Fabinho and Takumi Minamino with minimum fuss.
The saga surrounding the RB Leipzig forward, however, is anything but that. An ocean of digital ink spilled over the incessant flirtations between the 24-year-old and the Premier League leaders, with the German star talking up Klopp and the Reds on what seems like a daily basis.
While it would appear to be a no-brainer, straightforward move on paper, Bild is under the impression that Liverpool could end securing Werner’s signature but then loan him back the Bundesliga club for the 2020-21 season. This obviously hearkens back to a similar arrangement to the one that saw Leipzig and Liverpool agree to exchange Naby Keita but then allowing the Guinean to play a final season at the Red Bull Arena before joining the Reds.
While there is of course certainly a non-zero probability that such an agreement could once again be implemented, it is highly unlikely that the rumored £50m release clause allegedly expiring sometime this month would obligate Liverpool to take on additional conditions.
Furthermore, delaying the gratification of seeing the German star wearing the Liverbird until after the 2020-21 season also does not appear to make too much sense when the Reds will be without two of their attacking stars in Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in less than a year’s time due to the African Cup of Nations.
With Liverpool’s bids to be invincible, lift the treble and defend their Champions League title ended in the span of a few short weeks, and the COVID-19 pandemic doing it’s best to threaten even the Reds maiden Premier League title procession, we could all use a positive Timo Werner development to give us a tick in the ETB column.