Souness: Liverpool must buy Timo Werner and keep improving the squad

Timo Werner backed for Liverpool move by legendary Reds midfielder Graeme Souness who says Jurgen Klopp MUST buy despite being runaway Premier League leaders

  • Former Reds boss Graeme Souness wants the club to sign forward Timo Werner 
  • He said bringing in the Leipzig star would motivate the team and improve them 
  • Souness pointed out that great Liverpool teams of the past always strengthened 
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Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness wants the club to sign Leipzig forward Timo Werner as a signal of intent and help motivate the squad to push for more honours in the future. 

The Reds were on the cusp of a first Premier League title for 30 years before the coronavirus caused the susepnsion of the football season, although Jurgen Klopp’s men will be only a few wins away if and when the campaign resumes.

Klopp’s side have already won the Champions League last year as well as the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup this season, and Souness believes adding the quality of Werner to the team will add more competition and keep their strength in depth at a high level.

Liverpool could show they mean business by signing Timo Werner, says Graeme Souness

The former Reds star says the club need to avoid ‘playing catch up’ and maintain their depth

Werner has emerged as one of the best strikers in world football after firing his way to 27 goals in 36 games for the Bundesliga outfit this season, and a number of top teams are reportedly keeping tabs on him. 

Liverpool are already blessed with star names up front, with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah leading them to a 25 point advantage at the top of the Premier League. 

But Souness – who won 11 trophies for the club across a six year stint as a player – wants them to keep getting better to give them breathing distance from their rivals. He said when he was at Anfield the club kept buying players despite winning a host of accolades.

Speaking on the Football Show on Sky Sports, he said: ‘I would think they go after Werner. When we were the dominant team we spent money and brought players in. 

Liverpool are on the verge of winning the title but have a chance to create a dynasty at the top

Souness said Liverpool always invested when he was a player – even when they were dominant 

‘Liverpool bought players like [Andy] Robertson and Fabinho who didn’t go straight into the team. Players who don’t have to be superstars from the very first moment. Manchester United had that for the best part of 20 years, where you don’t want to be is when you’re playing catch up – buying players under pressure. 

‘For Liverpool to invest now, as a player it gives you motivation. More competition is always healthy. Even when Liverpool were super successful, Bob Paisley was looking to improve.’

Liverpool came desperately close to winning the title last season and were unlucky to finish second to Manchester City by one point despite racking up 97.

Liverpool already have a strong attack with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino

But adding Timo Werner would add competition for places and motivate the side, Souness said

This season the Reds made no major acquisitions, with only youngsters Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg being brought in alongside goalkeeper cover Adrian and Andy Lonergan.

Takumi Minamino arrived from Salzburg in January, but former defender Jamie Carragher, also appearing on the show, pointed out that the current strength of the squad means that building on it is a tough task.

‘If you look at the XI it’s very difficult to improve that. I had this discussion last season. Liverpool have at times spent big money but the team Jurgen Klopp has got now, Liverpool have only signed Minamino in the last three transfer windows. 

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes it is difficult to improve the current squad

‘I felt Liverpool did need reinforcements, I feel as if this team has been together to or three years now, since the first Champion League final they lost to Real Madrid. The front 6 hasn’t changed for two or three years now. 

‘Liverpool have been lucky the best, most important players haven’t suffered big injuries. Can there be greater competition or more back up?  Liverpool need more than Divock Origi as back up, hence they’ve been linked with Timo Werner. 

‘They need to keep them where they are. A strong understudy to Andy Robertson, a striker to push the front three. They’re all getting to that age 28,29, 30. attackers don’t tend to go to 33. 

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