Timo Werner can haunt Liverpool by helping Thomas Tuchel secure first Chelsea transfer
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Liverpool may have felt as if they’d dodged a bullet with the signing of Timo Werner until last night, when he caused the Reds all sorts of problems at Anfield. The German international has been a shadow of his former self in the past few months, following an impressive start to life in the Premier League with Chelsea.
Werner has been desperately short of confidence and constantly moved between the wing and centre-forward, while Frank Lampard – that man who brought him to the club – was dismissed in January.
Thomas Tuchel is finally starting to get the best from his compatriot nearly two months into his reign, as his performance at Anfield showed.
The 24-year-old looked destined to join the Premier League champions last summer before Jurgen Klopp was forced to withdraw the club’s interest due to financial complications.
Werner found the net in the first half in what would have been another kick in the teeth for Liverpool, who have been several bitter pills to swallow in recent weeks, but his effort was controversially disallowed for offside.
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And Werner could still do Liverpool further harm moving forward. Particularly when the transfer window opens.
That’s because as things stand, Liverpool and Chelsea look set to go head-to-head for RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate.
His defensive partner Dayot Upamecano, who was also targeted by both clubs, has already agreed to join Bayern Munich.
Yet this could be a big summer for Leipzig as they also face a fight to keep manager Julian Naglesmann.
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Konate is firmly in the shop window, in a market where top centre-backs are worth their weight in gold.
In Werner, Chelsea have a secret weapon when it comes to convincing Konate to choose Stamford Bridge.
The pair formed part of Leipzig’s spine when sharing the Red Bull Arena dressing room and there’s every chance Konate would love a reunion with his former team-mate.
Not only that but at Chelsea, there are two other World Cup winners he can confide in and look up to in N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud.
Thomas Tuchel also knows the player well from his time in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.
It’s a strong start for the Blues in their hunt for Konate but with Jurgen Klopp at the helm, Liverpool’s pulling power cannot be underestimated.
Centre-backs are no longer high in demand at Liverpool following the acquisitions of Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies.
When Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip return, both of those are likely to fall down the pecking order.
While at Chelsea, there are plenty of obvious but none represent an immovable object in the starting XI. There’s every chance Konate could walk into reckoning.
Should Tuchel be serious about landing Konate, he’d be silly not to summon Werner to the task…
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