Date published: Wednesday 29th April 2020 7:21
Jan Aage Fjortoft says that Jurgen Klopp’s German connections give Liverpool a huge advantage in the race for in-demand striker Timo Werner.
The RB Leipzig forward has been strongly linked with a move away from the Bundesliga outfit in the next transfer window, with a host of top European clubs said to be interested in signing him.
Liverpool are one of those, with the Reds currently the favourites to land the German international ahead of next season, although they are facing serious competition from Inter Milan who have reportedly opened talks with the 24-year-old.
But Fjortoft, an ex-Norway international, says that the opportunity to play for Klopp could be the decisive factor when Werner comes to deciding where he will move to.
Speaking to The Kopite Podcast, he said: “The reason I started thinking it was very interesting, Timo Werner to Liverpool, is of course the connection Jurgen [Klopp] has got to Germany.
“We should never underestimate the pulling power of a manager. Of my standard, when Bryan Robson called me and he was the manager of Middlesbrough and I was at Swindon I said yes, and I remember that with Kenny Dalgish when he was at Blackburn and suddenly he got [Alan] Shearer and Chris Sutton, he got a lot of players of going there.
“For us all money is important, but we also want to have fun, we also want to improve as players and Dortmund and Liverpool and some great clubs have got the pulling power of their stadium, the atmosphere, the history.
But, it’s also important the pulling power of the manager and for a German player to play for Jurgen Klopp, that is target number one, Timo Werner would love to do that.”
Werner has previously discussed the reports linking him with a move to Anfield and revealed he is “very proud” to be linked with a move to the team he describes as “the best team at the moment in the world.”
It was also claimed last week that the player is prepared to sign for the Premier League leaders as long as they activate his £52million release clause before it expires on 15 June, however an RB Leipzig chief shot those claims down and insisted there have been no developments regarding the deal.
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