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Klopp to send convincing message to Liverpool stars about Werner
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be able to convince his famed front three that they will not be guaranteed to play every single game in a bid to sign Timo Werner, according to one pundit.
The trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino has become Liverpool‘s destructive force going forward in recent seasons, with 91 goals scored between the three in all competitions in the 2017/18 campaign.
However, while back-up options Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri have provided stunning impacts of their own, Klopp has been tipped with freshening up his ranks, with RB Leipzig striker Werner believed to be his top target.
The Germany international, who has scored 31 goals in 40 games this term, would want regular game time and there are doubts about the role he would be offered behind Liverpool’s goal-hungry trio.
Speaking to ESPN FC, though, pundit Craig Burley insisted that convincing Werner alongside Klopp’s current crop of stars will be no problem for the Reds boss.
“You want to back yourself as a player. You’ve got a manager in Klopp who will be very enthusiastic in trying to sell the platform to him,” Burley said.
“Clearly when I played, you played on the Saturday, you played on a Wednesday and expect to play the following Saturday if you played well enough.
“If you got told you were left out of the side, you knew it wasn’t for resting purposes, it was because you were dropped. The game has changed, you’ve got to have a deep squad and a quality squad.
“I think Klopp can sell to Timo Werner that Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have carried the load for Liverpool, and they’re not going to play 50 or 60 games per year.”
While Liverpool’s front three have scored less than 91 goals between them in the past two seasons, their contributions – especially those from Sadio Mane – have become especially crucial in winning games.
Mane’s performances this season have been even more astonishing given that the Senegal international only had a two-week break between the Africa Cup of Nations final in July – his 55th game of the campaign – and the Community Shield contest in August.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have also been linked with Werner and Burley said that the German would be a good fit for Frank Lampard’s side.
“I’m not surprised Chelsea would be interested, though, he ticks every box for them,” the pundit said.
“He can play out wide, they’ve got wide players, he can play through the middle, he works hard, he presses when he’s not got the ball, it absolutely makes sense for him.”
In other news, Klopp has insisted that his side will not let up on the prospect of achieving 27 points out of a remaining 27 when the Premier League season resumes.
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