Liverpool are about to do something unorthodox in Timo Werner transfer chase

If Liverpool manage to get a deal for Timo Werner over the line this summer, there is one element of the transfer that highlights their power shift from doubters to believers, into sky-high achievers. The German is hot property and while the Reds remain at the front of the queue, Manchester United and Chelsea cannot be ruled out just yet.

Both clubs have been forced to sit back and listen to Werner talk up the prospect of moving to Anfield. He seems set on his next move.

Since the arrival of Michael Edwards in 2016, Liverpool have set a new benchmark for efficiency in the transfer market.

There have been bumps in the road no doubt which include an apology to Southampton over poaching Virgil van Dijk.

Nabil Fekir was also on the cusp on joining the Reds before they called the deal off after a medical, because of fears surrounding the reconstruction of the Frenchman’s knee.

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Nonetheless, the club moved stealthily to bring Fabinho, Alisson, Naby Keita and eventually Van Dijk to Merseyside.

Now the wheels look like they are already in motion to sign Werner, whose £50million release clause expires next month.

But while the deal makes sense for obvious reasons, there is a surprising element to the move. Something Jurgen Klopp has never done before.

That’s because Werner, should he move to Anfield, would be the fourth choice forward.

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He would have to settle for a place on the bench, unless Klopp deems him good enough to change his Plan A.

That has always been 4-3-3, with three solid midfielders working their socks off to let the attacking trio do the damage.

Of course Roberto Firmino could drop back into the No 10 position and Liverpool could play a 4-2-3-1, but that would be shoehorning. Klopp has never been one for that.

Liverpool do fear that Werner may be put off by the prospect of starting on the bench.

He has scored 21 Bundesliga goals this season and is one of the most prolific strikers in world football.

Yet for all of his quality on the field, Werner has the character to back it up. He’s clearly an intelligent guy.

To ease Klopp’s fears, he even dropped a clue that he would understand the prospect of not being first choice to begin with.

“Yes I know that Liverpool is the best team in the moment in the world and when you’re linked with the team, it makes me very proud,” he said in February.

“In case of that, it’s a pleasure, but I know that in Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”

Werner will want to fight for his place and on the flip side, Salah, Mane and Firmino will not be around forever.

At the ripe age of 23, the German international could lead the line at Anfield for years to come. Showing patience may not bother him in the slightest, if it means he gets to work under Klopp.

It’s a match made in heaven, but an initial reality that is uncharted territory for Liverpool in the transfer market.

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