Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has urged the Reds to focus on a move for Jadon Sancho and put Timo Werner behind him on the club’s list of transfer targets.
Having inherited Roberto Firmino from former boss Brendan Rodgers, Jurgen Klopp has formed one of Europe’s deadliest attacking trios by signing Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
The three scored 91 goals in total across all competitions in the 2017/18 campaign and continue to be a constant thorn in the side of Liverpool’s opponents, with either player popping up at different times of need.
However, while second-choice attackers Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri have popped up with crucial goals during their time at Anfield, Klopp has been tipped with providing his front three with fresh motivation.
RB Leipzig striker Werner has been most heavily linked with signing – with Klopp said to have earmarked him as his top target – and Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho has also been mentioned – albeit less.
But McAteer has said that Liverpool should be targeting the latter player first.
“Sancho will be a great acquisition,” he told beIN Sports. “I think Liverpool should go out and buy him. He can be a great player for Liverpool and I think we need to take pressure off the front three.
We know Jurgen doesn’t just venture into the transfer market to buy a superstar just because someone is available or because he has got money in his pocket.
“He has got to meet a criteria and a work ethic and a style of play. I feel Sancho is more of that criteria than Timo Werner is but Sancho might have out-priced himself for what Liverpool want.
“He might want to go to United, which is the talk at the minute. Timo Werner might be the player we go for if we don’t get Sancho.”
Indeed, United have been credited for months with serious interest in Sancho, who has become one of Europe’s hottest properties due to his rise to prominence in the Bundesliga.
In other news, Liverpool have reportedly made an enquiry into the availability of Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.