Rumours indicative of Liverpool being in talks over a deal for Timo Werner barely had time to hit the surface before being swiftly quashed.
The RB Leipzig striker had yet again been touted as a priority target for Jurgen Klopp in his seemingly media-fabricated search for attacking reinforcements this summer.
Liverpool were described as being in regular contact with Werner by German outlet Bild, and intent on launching a £87.5million for the German.
That idea has since been swept aside courtesy of the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce, who insists Werner is not a target and has even gone as far to suggest the Reds won’t be adding another striker to their ranks ahead of next season. The glaring gulf in reliability should be a clue as to who can be deemed more trustworthy.
Werner has notched 18 goals and supplied six assists in 37 appearances so far this season to continue his rise as one of Europe’s most talented young forwards.
His fine form in the Bundesliga has also seen him establish himself as a prominent figure for the German national team and a likely starter up top in this summer’s World Cup.
It seems highly unlikely Klopp would fork out upwards of £80million to bring in a player he wouldn’t be able to promise a starting role for.
There are few players, perhaps none, on the modern market that could realistically arrive and immediately dethrone Roberto Firmino as Liverpool’s main striker, nor tempt Klopp into ditching his use of a front three.
With no apparent plans to bolster his recourses at the tip of their attack, Liverpool can be expected to keep hold of Danny Ings as well as potentially Divock Origi when his loan spell with Wolfsburg comes to an end.
Emre Can’s expected departure leaves central midfield as the undoubted area in need of addressing.