Many Liverpool fans have been discussing the news that the club reportedly have just ’12 days left’ to trigger Timo Werner’s €52m (£49m) release clause, according to the Mirror.
Werner has been in incredible form this season, scoring 25 goals and providing seven assists in 29 Bundesliga appearances so far this season (as per Transfermarkt.co.uk). He signed for his current employers RB Leipzig back in July 2016 from Stuttgart in a deal reportedly worth £12.6m and therefore, Julian Nagelsmann’s side would stand to make a large profit on the forward if he is sold to one of the Premier League giants.
The news was relayed on Twitter by @Liddellpool – here is how some of the club’s supporters have responded.
Wont be paying that release clause, would’ve already did it if we were.
— Lee ??? (@mightyreds88) June 3, 2020
We wont go for him, we will try and wait till next year when the fee drops
— Christian Cullen (@ChristyCLFC) June 3, 2020
If we don’t sign him I’ll feel sick to my stomach. Especially after all the speculation.
— Danny (@DansbLFC) June 3, 2020
It’s clear from the above responses that these fans aren’t optimistic the Reds will land the German international, with one particular fan expressing he would ‘feel sick’ if a deal wasn’t agreed given how heavily he has been linked with the club this summer. The supporters continued to respond to the post on social media.
Do you think one of Liverpool's Premier League rivals will land Werner?
Chelsea will pay up without trying to get a cheaper deal
— jake (@jaketay88907204) June 3, 2020
So the point is we are getting him cheaper?
— Kol Mece* (@goodboykoli) June 3, 2020
Leipzig know they wont get that amount in the current climate. Their only way to save face for selling him for less is to wait for this clause to expire.
— Phil Mann* (@philmann80) June 3, 2020
Liverpool certainly don’t have a shortage of attacking talent at their disposal; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have scored a total of 49 goals between them this season (as per Transfermarkt.co.uk). Aside from the obvious financial challenges that have arisen as a result of the global pandemic, perhaps Klopp would be reluctant to invest such a significant portion of his transfer budget on a player that he may feel would not walk into the starting eleven at present.