Liverpool are coasting 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, so far ahead in fact, that there’s not much point placing anything with the latest football betting odds. The inevitable crowning of the Reds as league champions – which could happen in just a matter of weeks – will end a 30-year title drought at Anfield and add to the success German Jürgen Klopp has already brought to Merseyside.
However, while Liverpool look to have the Premier League title wrapped up, their hopes of retaining their Champions League trophy were quashed by La Liga outfit Atlético Madrid. The Reds lost by a goal to nil in the first-leg last 16 tie at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in the Spanish capital before suffering a 3-2 defeat in extra time in the return fixture at Anfield.
Liverpool have what is considered one of the best front threes in world football with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino scoring 45 goals between them in all competitions this season. So, why do the Reds need Red Bull Leipzig’s Timo Werner?
Well, aside from their free-scoring front three, Klopp doesn’t really have another top class attacker at his disposal. Yes, the Reds have Divock Origi – we couldn’t forget his heroics in the Champions League last season – but, is he really up to the standards set by Liverpool? Since his double in the 5-2 victory against rivals Everton, Origi has gone 18 games without scoring and has failed to make to an impact, most recently when he was called upon in the defeats to Atlético, Watford and Chelsea.
But, what can Werner offer Klopp’s side? Well, the 23-year-old has scored an incredible 21 goals in 25 Bundesliga games this season, which is already four more than last year’s league total, adding a further seven assists. The striker has also scored four goals in eight Champions League outings, including the only goal in his side’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. His goal-scoring prowess doesn’t end there. He has also bagged two goals in three DFB-Pokal games – taking his tally this season to 27 goals in 36 games across all competitions.
Werner has been linked to some of the biggest clubs in Europe, but seems to have his heart set on a move to what he claims is ‘the best team in the world.’
“I know that Liverpool is the best team at the moment in the world,” Werner told Norwegian TV channel Viasport Football.
“When you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud.
“It’s a pleasure but I know that Liverpool have a lot of good players and I have to improve myself, to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”
The German also showed his admiration for his fellow countryman, Klopp, telling Sky Sports Germany: “Jurgen Klopp is the best coach in the world.
“There is a lot to suggest that my style of play would suit there (Liverpool).
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has also urged his former club to snap up the German forward, along with Three Lions winger, Jadon Sancho.
“Liverpool do need a top attacking player to come in the summer. Sancho or Werner? I’ll take both,” the former defender said.
If the Reds land the Leipzig talisman in the summer, surely they’ll sweep up domestically and in Europe for years to come.