Date published: Tuesday 23rd June 2020 3:35
Liverpool legend John Aldridge says he would “be surprised” if Jurgen Klopp didn’t bring in a new striker this summer after choosing not to pursue Timo Werner.
Liverpool were chasing Germany international Werner until Easter time with Klopp personally speaking to the RB Leipzig striker.
However, the Reds soon withdrew from the running for the forward when the Bundesliga club refused to budge on his release clause.
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Werner has since been confirmed as one of Frank Lampard’s new signings at Chelsea for next season, with the Blues not flinching at his £47.5million buyout clause.
But Aldridge still expects Liverpool to dip into the market to provide competition for their front three.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Aldridge said: “We understand the reasons why they decided not to sign Timo Werner and how the manager and those around him are determined to build the right kind of squad and not go for quick fixes.
“The position they have got Liverpool into in recent years is absolute evidence that they deserve to be trusted but they’re not soft, they know there’s a possibility of losing (Mohamed) Salah and (Sadio) Mane for a period of time next January now it looks like the Africa Cup of Nations is going to be rescheduled back to that time of the year and I just wonder whether there might be a change of heart over bringing a player or two in.
“We’ve got Curtis Jones who can come in for (Adam) Lallana but if (Xherdan) Shaqiri goes we will need another striker, I think.
“It’s not easy to improve a squad as good as Liverpool’s but Chelsea, amongst others, are strengthening well and will be more competitive next season, as will Manchester United who have a great looking player in (Bruno) Fernandes and will no doubt to try attract more.
“When you’re ahead, you have to try and make sure you stay that one step ahead so if that means going out and getting a world-class player to enhance the squad then I would like to see us do it.
“There will be a couple of players who leave in the summer and, while we have high hopes for some of the young lads who clearly have big futures ahead of them, I would still like to see us get someone in.
“Ultimately it comes down to whether Jurgen Klopp feels the same but if he does, I’d be surprised if it didn’t happen.”