Liverpool legend Steve Nicol explains why Timo Werner move won’t happen any time soon

Timo Werner has regularly been linked with a move to Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)

Timo Werner will not be moving to Liverpool unless Jurgen Klopp can guarantee him first team football, claims Reds legend Steve Nicol.

The Germany international has regularly been linked with a move to Anfield due to his prolific form with Red Bull Leipzig.

The 23-year-old has scored 86 goals in 140 games since moving from Stuttgart in 2016, attracting the attention of many of the world’s biggest clubs.

However, he has seemed in absolutely no rush to leave the Bundesliga side, where he is the main man and in contention for silverware with Leipzig sitting top of the table currently, four points clear of Bayern Munich.

Nicol believes that this is why Liverpool have little hope of attracting him to Anfield, as Klopp will have no intention of replacing Roberto Firmino in his front three.

‘This guy no question is one of the best strikers right now in Europe,’ Nicol told ESPN FC of the prolific German.

‘Certainly he’s probably got a decade left in him. It would be a great signing.

‘I just don’t see how Timo Werner would want to go to Liverpool if he wants to play regularly. That’s the problem.

‘For me he’s a centre-forward, and you’re telling me Bobby Firmino is going to be benched for Timo Werner?

‘It is, that means you need to bring in young players. As young as he is, he’s an established player, so that’s the reason he won’t be going to Liverpool.’

Werner had the chance to make a move last summer but instead chose to sign a new contract at Leipzig that runs until 2023.

However, that deal includes a release clause of €60m (£51m) and Bild report that this will decrease year on year until the end of the contract.

Chelsea and Barcelona have also been linked with the striker who has netted 11 times in 29 caps for his country.

Interest in the forward has piqued in recent weeks after he scored 12 times in his last 10 games for Leipzig in an incredible run of form.

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