If Liverpool get a deal for Timo Werner over the line, it will be the first time Jurgen Klopp has signed a marquee striker since he arrived at the club. He has brought 23 players to Anfield during his stint, but this would be right up there with one of his most impressive coups.
Klopp has been tipped to sign Werner for several years, but Liverpool have never felt like the time was right.
Now that is about to change and despite the coronavirus crisis, they want to land the 23-year-old.
How a deal materialises is anybodies guess given that the season is set to rumble on into the summer.
That will give the transfer market little breathing space, particularly with next season set to follow shortly after.
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Werner had been planning to get the European Championships out the way before making a decision on his future.
Now that has of course changed, with the German international likely to consider his future in the coming months.
It’s perhaps testament to Werner’s quality that he is the first recognised striker Klopp has signed with a view of improving the starting line-up.
Werner knows he will have to force his way into the set up and he may start on the bench to begin with.
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But later down the line there is no question marks surrounding the impact he could make on Merseyside.
With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane off to the Africa Cup of Nations next January, Klopp can’t afford to take risks with his frontline.
That’s why he is ready to meet with Werner to discuss the prospect of a deal.
Klopp adores Roberto Firmino and has operated with the Brazilian as a false-nine since his very first days at Anfield.
However it could be the start of a new chapter next season with Werner, resulting in a slightly deeper role for Firmino behind the striker.
Dominic Solanke is the only other centre-forward Klopp has signed, but that move was with a hopeful eye for the future.
Now Werner is ready to take this Liverpool side to the next level, he could one of Klopp’s biggest signings.
Liverpool will have until June 15 to trigger his £50million release clause.
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