Sales considered, as Jurgen Klopp searches for new Liverpool striker

Date published: Monday 22nd June 2020 10:11 - Matthew Briggs

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is still in the hunt for a striker, despite pulling out of a move for Timo Werner, according to a report.

The Daily Express quote ‘transfer expert’ Duncan Castles, who says Liverpool are still in the market for a forward player this summer.

Liverpool were chasing Germany international Werner until Easter time with Klopp personally speaking to the RB Leipzig striker. However, the Reds soon withdrew from the running for the forward when the Bundesliga club refused to budge on his release clause.

Werner has since been confirmed as one of Frank Lampard’s new signings at Chelsea for next season, with the Blues not flinching at his £47.5million buyout clause.

Castles though thinks Klopp still wants to strengthen his attacking line, which missed Mo Salah so much at Goodison on Sunday night.

“The information I have is that Liverpool still remain keen on the recruitment of a forward of Timo Werner’s type,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.

“They want a successor to Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah should either or both of them decide to fulfil their ambition to go and play in La Liga.

“Both of them are 28 very soon, so you’re getting to that period where should a big offer for one or both of those players come in, they’ll let them go.”

Salah was only fit for a place on the bench in the 0-0 draw with Everton, with Klopp choosing Takumi Minamino for a rare start.

The former Salzburg star though failed to assert himself on the game with Liverpool failing to break down a resolute Everton side.

Former Reds defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher claimed Werner would have been a more like-for-like replacement for Salah than Minamino.

 

 

 

“You mentioned the Werner situation, Martin [Tyler],” Carragher said.

 

Klopp picks Minamino over Origi

Takumi Minamino, Lucas Digne

“It’s interesting without someone who provides that pace and penetration like Salah.

“He’s gone with Minamino who’s a different type of player.

“So in that front three you’ve got two who prefer to come towards the ball rather than run in-behind.

“It’s interesting he went with Minamino and not [Divock] Origi.”

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