Klopp and Liverpool place transfer plan for No.1 summer target on hold

Date published: Friday 3rd April 2020 8:02

Liverpool have frozen all transfer activity and will not make a move for Timo Werner until there is clarity over the season, which has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the last games to take place in the country was Liverpool’s Champions League game at Anfield last month, and that fixture has now been criticised by Liverpool council’s director of public health Matthew Ashton.

Leagues and competitions were suspended soon after due to the fast-spreading virus and now Liverpool’s transfer plans are on hold, according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims that with the uncertainty surround the the season and the transfer window “Liverpool are not actively working on any deals to bolster and refresh their squad”.

Jurgen Klopp and the club are waiting for “clarity” and so any deal to get RB Leipzig striker Werner on board at Anfield is on hold.

The Reds have been heavily linked with the striker, and last month Klopp’s men reportedly stepped up their efforts to land the 27-goal forward.

Werner’s release clause apparently sits at £50m, but any team wanting to sign the 24-year-old for that price will have to do so before the offer expires in April.

According to a recent report in the Daily Express, Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards will get creative to raise the funds to bring one of Europe’s top young striking talents to Anfield.

And the same is being tipped to happen again this summer, when the club have decisions to make on the futures of Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic.

 

 

 

However, signings and contracts are now on a back burner, meaning Klopp, who is a big admirer of Werner, will have to wait before making an approach, while the contract situations of Gini Wijnaldum and Dejan Lovren remain uncertain.

Liverpool sealed numerous contract extensions over the last 12 months, with Klopp and James Milner extending their deals, but Lovren and Wijnaldum are likely to enter the final year of their contracts at Anfield.

Both players are out of contract in June 2021, and Klopp is believed to be happy to keep both players, but there has been speculation about their departures and that uncertainty will not get cleared up any time soon.

 

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