By the numbers, Timo Werner might just be the best striker in Germany right now. He’s inarguably one of the top strikers in Europe. And he’s just 23 years old with a release clause of €60M, making him an outright bargain in the current market.
However, that release clause might not be valid for much longer, meaning that if Liverpool want to land themselves both one of Europe’s top attackers and best bargains, they may have to trigger the clause and get the deal done sooner rather than later.
That’s according to Bild’s head of football coverage Christian Falk, who claims the cut-rate clause is only valid until the end of April and not until the end of June when contracts for the European clubs roll over and clubs announce their retention lists.
While Werner has lined up mostly as a traditional nine at Red Bull Leipzig this season, his pace would potentially allow him to also play in Liverpool’s current system as a goal scoring winger, meaning he could line up across Liverpool’s front three.
His presence could also allow Roberto Firmino to drop into a ten in the 4231 or even into one of the midfield shuttling roles in the 433 depending on opponent, giving Jürgen Klopp plenty of possible answers to the question of where to fit Werner in.
Regardless if it’s Werner who ends up at Anfield this summer, it’s clear Liverpool will need at least one versatile attacker in, both with an eye to long-term squad renewal and to cope with next season’s awkwardly scheduled Africa Cup of Nations.