Liverpool have been in unbelievable form on all fronts this season, losing just three times across all competitions. However, with a squad that isn’t getting any younger, Timo Werner could prove a smart addition.
In what has been a dominant season so far for the Reds, they have already smashed several records and gained plenty of admirers for their relentless pursuit of silverware. If one criticism could be made (albeit loosely), it’s that sometimes Liverpool don’t finish games off emphatically.
The Reds have seen 13 of their 27 games in the Premier League won by a one goal margin, with some in the dying embers, most notably Leicester City at home, Aston Villa away and the 3-2 victory over West Ham United at Anfield.
Though this is a very impressive trait, which is often something regarded as a sign of ‘champions’, it does sometimes lead to nerves among Jürgen Klopp’s side.
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It could be argued that one area of improvement would be the acquisition of an attacking midfield player, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson both tied on three Premier League goals apiece as the club’s top scoring midfielders. There are some devastating attacking midfield players who noticeably improve their side’s attacking output.
Klopp will know his squad better than anyone else and the capabilities of his players, but is also known to alter player positions. Roberto Firmino, who initially joined the club as a creative player rather than a forward, was moulded into that position by Klopp to great effect.
The only area in which the Reds currently trail current champions Manchester City is goals scored. It’s not particularly drastic, but with consideration that both Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah may miss several games next season, there is a flicker of a need for a new goalscorer. Werner is a man in red hot form, having scored 21 goals and assisted a further seven in just 23 Bundesliga games for RasenBallsport Leipzig.
Reports emerged last month that he is a player that sees Liverpool as his preferred destination should he move on this summer, assuming his doubts regarding playing time can be assuaged.
There could be an argument to drop Firmino in behind the German and allow the Brazilian more of a free role in the middle of the park, which could align well with his fluidity. Many would debate as to whether it would impact the work that Firmino offers as a false nine, but those familiar with Werner’s attributes know that he would be an able deputy in that respect.
There is no question that this Liverpool team are phenomenal, with the question of future additions no slight on that. Werner is a player long-since linked with Liverpool and, should he join Jürgen’s juggernaut, he would be a marvellous addition to a side already brimming with talent.