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Timo Werner is a wanted man, but Liverpool should steer clear for a number of reasons

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At this point, Timo Werner’s Liverpool flirtation is getting so intense it’s almost uncomfortable. Simmer down, big fella. Nobody likes the smell of desperation.

Every utterance, leak and counter leak has Werner plotting and planning and pleading for Jürgen Klopp to make him the latest part of his Anfield revolution.

Just this week we’ve had reports that Werner would “love to play under Klopp”, that he has said no to Bayern Münich, that he’s willing to forgo the traditional meet-in-person tactic that is a favourite of Klopp’s in favour of a zoom call, that those meetings have been scheduled… or they have not.

The noises out of Anfield are all over the place. For all of the talk, there has been no movement. If anything, the majority of the leaks say the opposite. Klopp isn’t sure. The club isn’t interested in big transactions until they can figure out the financial fallout of the COVID pandemic. There will be no signings, only departures — a leak that seemed almost personally targeted at appeasing Werner as much as anyone else. Heck, Klopp even resorted to having a chin-wag with Kylian Mbappe’s dad just to get Werner off the blower, and to provide us with a fresh batch of much-needed content during these times. He’s a good guy that Jurgen.

Other reports, of course, still suggest the deal is all but done. That Werner remains a top target. That Liverpool will activate his release clause. But… they haven’t. Not yet. The clock is ticking. So, why?

(A quick aside: I have been mistaken for Timo Werner twice in my life. Both were in Munich. One on a flight. And the guy mistaking me for this international footballer was the pilot. I was wearing a freshly purchased Bayern Munich kit. He thought I had been in Munich to sign for the club as if footballers travel only in football kits. I dutifully took a picture with him.)

Too much value for money

Werner’s release is too big a bargain. £50 million for one of Europe’s most lethal strikers, who is eager to spurn Bayern in order to join a club who wouldn’t have had a whiff at signing him pre-Klopp? Pffft. No thank you. We are all set.

Too Good

Werner has already racked up a frankly outrageous 21 goals and 7 assists in the Bundesliga this season, already besting the top goals+assist figure of his career… and he’s only played 25 games. What if he takes goals and assists and touches and stuff away from Liverpool’s front-three? Or, worse still, he helps create a dynamite front-four. Too much fire-power. Too many options.

Finances

Now, there are some real reasons why the club might pass up the Werner opportunity.

Werner’s release clause is really, really low for someone of his ability, potential and track record. In the free market, he’d probably be worth closer to £90 million — perhaps £100 million if Jadon Sancho exits Dortmund for £120 million-plus. But even though it represents value for money, the club has been briefing that it’s unlikely to do any transfer business at all due to the ongoing COVID pandemic.

The financial fallout of the global crisis, inside and outside of football, won’t be known for a long, long time. Clubs who feel they have a strong enough squad to stand pat and go again may decide to sit what is likely to be a confused, wild market out.

Nobody knows what the transfer market will look like. Will the Haves flex their financial muscle over the Havenots? Will everybody sit it out? What if clubs go bust? Will Uefa put a stay on Financial Fair Play?

Liverpool, like a ton of smart club, will need the answers to all those questions before they sanction any deals, no matter how perfect the fit and value of a player is on paper.

Tactical issues

Where would Werner play is a favourite argument of the stay-away online crowd. Should the club commit to a 4-2-3-1 switch? Can he fill the Firmino role? Is he good enough with his link-up play? Will he have to move to one of the wide-forward spots? If so, is he the best player to play that role for that price?

It’s a fair discussion. But rather than looking at those as knocks, they should be considered virtues. Werner would bring with him tactical flexibility. Klopp could toggle to a 4-2-3-1 if he liked, more naturally than the rather forced effort we’ve seen this year. And while Werner’s link-up play isn’t on the level of Roberto Firmino’s yet (though it is much improved this season), he offers a different dimension, which might prove to be even more valuable as teams start to sink into the two-banks-of-four set-ups that gave Klopp’s team trouble after the winter break.

Blocking the path to the first-team

A possible concern, if Klopp is determined to blood in some of the club’s youngsters next year. Bringing in a big-name will inevitably block chances for Premier League appearances for the likes of Harvey Elliott and, perhaps, Rhian Brewster — maybe even Curtis Jones, who could line-up in one of the wide-forward spots. It’s not a good reason (moving Origi would make more sense), but it’s plausible.

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