Liverpool are planning a double swoop in the summer with a striker and a left-back top of Jurgen Klopp’s wish list, according to a report.
Klopp will have to navigate winter 2021 without Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, who are both set to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The tournament in Cameroon was originally scheduled for June, but concerns over the climate have seen the tournament switched to January 9 – February 6. That means the Liverpool pair could be missing for as long as five or six weeks and Klopp, apparently, wants cover.
James Pearce in a Q&A with The Atheltic claims Klopp is interested in Timo Werner, while he is also keen on recruiting a new left-back as cover for Andy Robertson.
Red Bull Leipzig striker Werner has been mentioned as a target for Klopp before, but with the price tags on Kai Havertz and Jadon Sancho likely be too high, the German may well be the answer.
The 23-year-old has been in fine form for Leipzig this season, scoring 25 goals in 29 games and he is under contract until 2023.
The striker is reported to have a €60m release clause in his contract, and Klopp is said to be far more open to meeting that price than paying upwards of £100m for either Sancho or Havertz.
Pearce also claims Klopp has earmarked a new full-back for this summer as competition for Robertson.
The German admitted recently that he would be far more busy in the summer transfer market, than the winter one, having just added Takumi Minamino in January.
Klopp said: “I don’t really remember transfer windows. It’s not about relaxing, nobody is relaxed at this moment. We are not busy with transfer decisions for this moment but we constantly in talks and exchanging ideas and thoughts to help us long term.
“The plan always in the summer to be less busy in the winter.”