Cape Town - Liverpool will reportedly focus their attention
on securing a deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner in the off-season, having
opted not to pursue the likes of Kai Havertz and Jadon Sancho.
The Athletic's Liverpool correspondent James Pearce claims
Reds will be in the market for another forward in the summer, but they have
ruled out Havertz and Sancho on financial grounds.
Werner, who has a 60m euros exit clause in his contract at RB
Leipzig, is seen as the most likely addition to Jurgen Klopp's squad because he
is available for much less.
The 23-year-old has been linked with the Reds on and off for
the past two years now and he's certainly a player Klopp admires.
And the news that the Confederation of African Football has
moved the 2021 African Cup of Nations back to its former mid-season slot has
sharpened Liverpool's focus as they prepare to be without so many key players
during that tournament next season.
Mo Salah, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip could all be
missing, leaving Klopp shorn of three of his top attacking talents for a month
Liverpool will address that problem in the summer although
Bayer Leverkusen's 120m euros price-tag for Havertz, and the likelihood it
could take even more to prise Sancho away from Dortmund, has reportedly taken
them off the target list.
Werner has a fantastic goal return for Leipzig, hitting 86
in 143 games in all competitions, and has averaged a goal per game in the
Bundesliga so far this season, with 20 strikes in 20 appearances in the German
The Athletic also state that Liverpool's next transfer
priority is recruiting a new left-back to provide cover and competition for
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