ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop has advised RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner not to sign for the Reds – because he will not get sufficient time on the pitch should he come to Anfield.
The claim follows the explanation from Nicolas Pepe as to why he turned down the Reds for a very similar reason.
There is a pattern emerging this summer, with the perception of players potentially coming into the club that they will simply have to make do with warming the bench.
That, though, would not necessarily be true, with Sadio Mane missing the start of the campaign, and the attacking trio – along with Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino – unable to play in every single match.
Hislop, according to the Daily Express, said: “If I’m Timo Werner, last year of my contract or not, I think I’m starting somewhere. And I don’t see Timo Werner getting into Liverpool’s front three anytime soon.
“So from the club’s perspective, yes, but from the player’s perspective, it doesn’t make an awful lot of sense.”
If every player thinks like Hislop and Pepe, then it makes sense why the Reds have made only two young signings this summer so far.
Attracting established professionals to come in and be the fourth choice forward player is not easy, but with all three first-choice forwards signed up to long-term contracts, it’s not a situation that is going to change any time soon.