Jamie Carragher says Liverpool shouldn’t worry too much if they fail to secure the signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig this summer.
Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move to sign the Germany international in recent months, with Jurgen Klopp believed to be a huge admirer of the forward who has scored 27 goals in all competitions for the Bundesliga side this season.
Werner is also reportedly keen on a move to Merseyside and possesses a release clause of £53.7m in his contract this summer, though that fee may be out of reach for the Premier League leaders following the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.
Earlier this week, reports suggested that the Reds were ‘unlikely to make any major signings this summer’, though Carragher believes the club should not be too disappointed if they can’t add Werner to their attacking options.
“I think there was a good chance of it happening before the pandemic happened,” he told the Liverpool Echo while at an NHS fundraiser.
“But financially now you don’t know what state clubs are in. I actually saw something on Twitter before about Man United’s financial results so, you would expect Liverpool to be pretty similar [as to] how they’ve been affected. I am sure that will affect the transfer market.”
Carragher’s comments come after the revealing of Manchester United’s latest financial figures, the club’s debt having risen significantly £429.1m – a rise of £127.4m over the last three months alone – the club’s revenue streams down by more than £30m over the first three months of the year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The financial squeeze of football’s current suspension is likely to hinder clubs ability in the transfer market, however, Carragher believes Liverpool are well placed to cope without the arrival of new additions.
“I don’t think Liverpool can complain too much with the squad they’ve got at the moment. They’ve lost one league game all season and one last season,” he added.
“There’s certainly not too much that needs too change but I do feel a top attacking player is needed but if the finances aren’t there, they aren’t there.”
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