It was always going to be a long and twisty saga, right? Because despite all of it making sense and even the player’s own seeming plays at coming, Timo Werner and Liverpool needed a bit more time to come about considering the window isn’t open and Liverpool’s previous issues with accusations of tapping up a player.
And so, we’ve already seen the bits about how Liverpool making a move on Timo Werner are likely. And then we’ve seen reports, from the RB Leipzig side, that maybe we should pump the breaks. Well, today, we have reports from well-connected journalists on the Liverpool end that say, “ok don’t like floor but also open up the gas a little bit and get this thing moving.”
Specifically, James Pearce and Simon Hughes discussed Werner and Liverpool on their Athletic UK podcast, The Red Agenda. In the episode, the writers indicated that Liverpool have Timo Werner at the top of their reasons for multiple reasons, but namely that they feel there is too great a gap in quality between the starting front 3 of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah, and the rotation options of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Further, there was a little tidbit in the discussion that indicated Liverpool’s interest in Werner must be incredibly piqued, because Xherdan Shaqiri was expected to depart this summer. So, even accounting for the addition of former RB Salzburg attacking midfielder and January transfer signing, Takumi Minamino, it’s likely that should Werner turn up on Merseyside, he’d have some reason to believe he wouldn’t entirely be locked out of minutes. (And, if we’re being real, as fellow TLO scribe Audun likes to say, the lad is full of confidence and likely fancies himself to do a job regardless.)
So, nearing the end of the week, the pendulum has now swung back a bit. It’s no longer a cooling of the story as much as a slight fanning of the flame. It is, at least, until the next story breaks.