LIVERPOOL could look to focus on recruiting a centre-back capable of playing in the full-back positions rather than pay big money for Timo Werner in the summer.
That’s per German football expert Raphael Honigstein, who says Werner “might not be a priority”.
The Reds’ attacking options are expected to be trimmed in the summer market when Daniel Sturridge is out of contract, with Divock Origi also expected to be sold.
That will leave only Roberto Firmino as a senior No 9, though Mohamed Salah has taken up a front-man role for much of the current campaign.
And Liverpool have been linked with a move for Germany international Werner, who is out of contract at RB Leipzig in 18 months’ time.
With the 22-year-old unwilling to put pen-to-paper on a contract extension with the Bundesliga side, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have all been rumoured to make a move for the forward.
And Honigstein suggests Werner – who he believes could be available for a fee between €40million (£34.
7m) and €50m (£43.
4m) due to his contract – would be ideal for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
But with Liverpool enduring a current defensive crisis with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip continuing to suffer from niggling injury problems, Hongisten suspects Klopp could instead focus on recruiting a centre half.
Werner has kept his cards close to his chest so far and Honigstein suspects he is weighing up his options.