Over the last several weeks, reports have been coming out of Germany that both Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner are targets of Liverpool for the Summer. While Werner has been very outspoken about his desired move to Anfield, Sancho has been silent about any speculation that has been swirling around the internet. Both rising stars would be great acquisitions for Liverpool but would it make sense to deal out the cash for both of them? If not both, which one should Liverpool target?
The 19 year-old English right winger has lit up the Bundesliga over the last two seasons, but it has been this season that has separated him from the rest of the pack. In the Bundesliga this season alone, Sancho has scored 13 goals in just 21 appearances and has managed to rack up 15 assists. His blistering pace as well as his impeccable vision is what sets him above his competition, but his finishing has come a long way over the last several seasons and he’s finally hitting the back of the net more frequently. Sancho could work wonders under Klopp’s system as he is a very technically gifted and is willing to dig in and do whatever is asked of him. I see a lot of his game in Salah’s and he could be a great player under Klopp.
Borussia Dortmund have done very well with his development over the last two and a half years and this Summer is the perfect time for them to cash in on the teenager. It is rumoured that they are asking for over 100 million pounds for the teenage sensation, but does it make sense for the Reds?
As much as every Liverpool fan would like Sancho to join, it’s very hard to wrap my head around Liverpool going out and spending so much money on a player that would be out of favour to Mo Salah. Sancho would be a fantastic back-up option, but at this point in his career, he needs to be starting week-in and week-out. Hypothetically speaking, if Liverpool do allow either Mo Salah or Sadio Mane to go in the Summer, then I do see Sancho as a replacement happening. However, I do think that both Liverpool men will stay this Summer amid some of the speculation surrounding the two.
IF Liverpool do pursue Sancho and seal the deal without letting go of either Mane or Salah, I would not be surprised if Salah slides into the number 9 role and Firmino slides into the midfield and fulfilling the number 10 role. It could be possible that Sancho plays as the number 9 with Salah remaining out on the right, but given the way that Jurgen Klopp likes to play Salah down the middle, I cannot see Sancho given that role.
RB Leipzig’s 23 year-old striker has been heavily linked with Liverpool since last Summer and the rumours have really started to gain traction over the last month. The German has tallied 21 goals in 23 games in the Bundesliga thus far. In the Champions League, Werner has tallied 4 goals in the Champions League with his latest coming from the penalty spot at Spurs. Werner is the future of German football and his game suits Klopp’s style brilliantly. The relentless work ethic to hunt down the ball and come back to defend when needed is something that Klopp stresses among his players and Werner has done that his whole career. It’s a match made in heaven for the two Germans. Along with his work ethic, Werner is a deadly finisher that loves having the ball at his feet in the big moments, which could prove pivotal for the Reds when finishing can be few and far between in certain moments for Jurgen’s men.
It is no secret that Klopp is very keen on bringing the German to Anfield, but could Barcelona and Manchester United swoop in and spoil Klopp’s plans? Both teams are keen on the German striker and his relatively low release clause that expires in April. Accoriding to The Athletic, Werner is said to be holding out on the other offers from Barcelona and United until Klopp makes his move as he desires to work with him. Liverpool seem to be in prime position to sign the German, which is good news for the Jurgen Klopp and his Summer plans.
Werner would fit in very nicely at Anfield. He can play out on the left when called upon, but he is more suited to the 9 role. If Klopp chooses to utilise Werner right away, Firmino may slide back into the 10 role or the likes of Naby Keita or Takumi Minamino could be utilised there if needed. It will be very interesting to see Klopp utilise Werner in the current system as it is already working wonders in the Premier League and across all other competitions.
Could Both Sancho and Werner Work?
As much as it would please all Liverpool fans to see both Sancho and Werner to come this Summer, I see it as almost impossible. Although Liverpool have the money since nothing was spent last Summer and Adam Lallana’s huge wage bill will be offloaded, both players won’t be able to fulfill their desires of first-team football with the attacking firepower that we already possess. I do think that it is very likely that Liverpool go all in on Timo Werner as the striker is very keen on the move and his release clause is a very manageable figure. Werner also seems to be the better fit of the two as Werner already plays to Klopp’s play style and the mutual admiration for each other is already establsihed. I would not be surprised if Timo Werner’s deal is all wrapped up in the coming weeks.