Former Red Steve Nicol has suggested that RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner would potentially avoid a move to Anfield if it were offered to him.

The reason Nicol believes this is because the German forward would not be a guaranteed starter in Jurgen Klopp’s XI.

The Reds as of this moment are a very strong outfit. They are currently 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with two games in hand.

To add to that, Liverpool have claimed the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in the past six months.

Nicol would be all for the signing occurring, but he believes it is unlikely to occur.

“This guy no question is one of the best strikers right now in Europe,” Nicol told ESPN FC, as quoted by the Metro.

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

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LISBON, PORTUGAL – SEPTEMBER 17: Timo Werner of RB Leipzig scores his team’s second goal past Odisseas Vlachodimos of Benfica during the UEFA Champions League group G match between SL Benfica and RB Leipzig at Estadio da Luz on September 17, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

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“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.”

Nicol is correct. It would be a terrific signing. The 23-year-old has scored 86 goals in 140 games for Leipzig, which is a very good return from a youngster.

The issue is convincing Werner to start off as a squad player. The only way the German forward could become a regular in Klopp’s XI from the beginning is if Roberto Firmino were to play in behind Werner, which is certainly a possibility.

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