Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has responded to Timo Werner‘s comments, suggesting that he would only sign players that are committed to fighting for the cause rather than concerned about their own first-team opportunities.
Werner has been vocal about his interest in moving to Anfield in recent days, stating on German TV that the Reds would suit his style of play, but Klopp says that while he is happy high profile stars want to join the club, he is only looking for players with the right profile:
“On the one side, it’s easier if players see you as that. If they see you are successful, it’s easier to get into talks with players. But on the other side, it’s more difficult the better your team is because they ask questions like ‘where and when would I play?'”
“We need players who want to be part of this, who want to fight for their spot, who want to make the next step together with us, who want to develop and improve so that’s it. We have these players and whoever wants to join us, needs to have exactly this kind of attitude.”
Werner has also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, with the German international reportedly having a release clause of €60m (£50m) which expires in April.
So far, it doesn’t appear that any team is close to paying the buyout fee, but that may change as the deadline nears. The 23-year-old has been in superb form this campaign, having scored 27 goals and contributed 11 assists in just 33 games.