Liverpool tried to sign Timo Werner before he joined Chelsea in 2020 but Glen Johnson has tipped Jurgen Klopp to offer him an unlikely shot at Premier League redemption.
Before he moved to Stamford Bridge, which has turned into something of a cursed stadium for new Blues, Werner was known as one of the deadliest hitmen in Europe.
In the 2019/20 season before his move to Chelsea, he scored 34 goals and assisted 13 in 45 games for RB Leipzig, averaging a goal or assist every game.
However, since joining Chelsea, he just 23 goals and 21 assists across two seasons which, considering the criticism he has received, is a sign of potential.
Klopp has proven himself to be an incredible man-manager and perhaps he’s just what his compatriot needs.
Glen Johnson certainly believes so, telling bettingodds.com that he’s just low on confidence.
When asked if he believed Werner would fair better at Liverpool, the former Red said: “I think he would. He’s got a lot to offer. Just at Chelsea, from day one, he’s looked super, super low on confidence.
“Maybe someone like Klopp would make him smile and enjoy his football. If that was the case then I think he’s got a lot to offer and the way that Liverpool play then he’s going to get a lot of goalscoring opportunities, he’s going to be fast on the break, so, yeah, it wouldn’t surprise me.
“I think a lot of people will be shocked but I don’t think it would actually surprise me. If Klopp can get him happy and smiling and confident then you’re going to have a good player on your hands.”
Liverpool could do with another forward but it’s fair to say that Werner will not get the chance to move to Anfield again unless circumstances change dramatically.
The Reds have lost Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich, Divock Origi to AC Milan and Takumi Minamino to AS Monaco; all have been instrumental to Liverpool’s recent success in their own right.
Klopp and his coaching staff do, however, have fresh blood in Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho.
Both looked very promising although a sitter from Nunez has already seen rival fans celebrate, believing the record signing is going to be a flop.
While they let their bias cloud their vision, it’s time for us Liverpool fans to get very excited about our new striker.