It was all set up. Klopp and Werner seemed the perfect combination, it was only a matter of time. Werner would come into Liverpool at first as a backup as he was embedded into the team ethos and tactical system, then halfway through his first season he’d show his true quality allowing the current front 3 to be able to rotate more often and provide more strength in backup if injuries were to hit.
At the time of writing the collective Werner dreams of all Liverpool fans have been crushed and Chelsea with their extra financial pull in the current climate seem set to sign Timo Werner. Chelsea have already signed Ziyech for next season which means 2/3 of the Chelsea attack next season are players I would have liked to see at Liverpool. This news brings me back to when Liverpool confirmed the signing of Fabinho out of nowhere, so I’m more than sure Chelsea fans will be enjoying this moment in the sun. This signing might lead to Chelsea being one of the more exciting teams to watch next season with a plethora of young quality attacking talent. A front 3 of Pulisic, Werner and Ziyech with Mount supporting from deeper and Hudson Odoi and Abraham options off the bench should lead to a much more potent attack than Stamford Bridge has seen this season.
Where does this leave Liverpool? (Apart from top of the table and still technically champions league holders.) Well firstly perhaps it goes to show how even those at the very top of the football pyramid will have to work on a more stringent budget for the foreseeable future. It of course still does leave room for another attacker to be signed with it looking increasingly likely that Shaqiri will move on and that Origi while a capable backup is not one who’s going to push his way into the team on a consistent basis. The first place of course I’m sure Liverpool will look is from within. Harvey Elliot has shown glimpses at such a young age its likely going forward he’ll be more involved in the first team. Minamino who has struggled for game time and form since his winter move will likely get more game time as the season winds down and more chances to impress and get to grips with the role he is likely to be asked to play. Curtis Jones also provides an option to perhaps add a further midfielder and perhaps switch to a two up front at stages for something different. Rhian Brewster was also getting some experience of first team football and impressing on loan at Swansea before the forced break and even someone like Harry Wilson might get more of an opportunity if his services are wanted at Anfield. There is no need for Liverpool to panic.
Should Liverpool panic who would I like to see them sign? At the top of this list by some distance is Mbappe. That might be also the least likely but i’ll continue to dream of it’s prospect and push the possibility at all times. Another place potentially worth looking at would be Spurs as everything at that club has seemed to crumble down in the last 12 months. Would they be tempted to sell a Son or Lucas even? two players who would perhaps fit well into Liverpools team. Looking at the recent success Liverpool have had signing players from relegated teams, perhaps Todd Cantwell or Ismaïla Sarr both look great young talents who would likely be available at a cheaper price than all aforementioned options, especially if they end up relegated. I would welcome the return of Coutinho at a bargain price or even a loan deal currently even if that may be a controversial opinion among Liverpool fans, I’d also take Suarez if the conditions were right for a short deal. It might even be worth a cheeky bid to Everton to test their resolve surrounding Richarlison or Citys position on Sane just to play devils advocate. The beauty is Liverpool don’t need to panic and whatever decision they choose to make they have gained my trust from the previous transfer dealings. Whether it’s Mbappe, a relative unknown or someone who twitter writes off from day one, or even no new signings, Liverpool are in a prime position to choose for themselves and not be forced or need to rush into any signings. (Here’s looking at Brendan Rodgers and Balotelli)