Liverpool’s decision to put RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner on hold as European champions postpone all contract and recruiting plans due to coronavirus uncertainty
- Liverpool are closely associated with attracting RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner
- But they have now suspended all their summer recruiting plans
- Contract talks are also on hold, which could hit players who entered the deal in the past year
Liverpool have suspended all contract talks and recruiting plans due to continuing uncertainty over the corona virus pandemic.
Premier League leaders are closely tied to Timo Werner, the RB Leipzig striker, and there are ongoing reports of the German international with a £ 51 million release clause due to be activated on a certain date in April.
Werner is greatly admired by Liverpool and has spoken positively about their team – and manager Jurgen Klopp – a number of times over the past few months, but any ambitions he has for moving to England should be put on hold.
Any ambitions that Timo Werner has for moving to Liverpool must be put on hold
Liverpool has suspended all contract talks and recruiting plans amid the coronavirus crisis
Werner is greatly admired by Liverpool and has spoken openly about liking the team
Without specifying what will happen to the summer transfer window and the persistent uncertainties, Liverpool are not actively working on deals to strengthen and refresh their team – and will not resume until clarity is reached.
Similar sentiments apply when negotiating deals with members of the current playing staff.
Liverpool have completed a string of contract renewals over the past 12 months, including new deals for Klopp and James Milner in December, but an urgent issue was Gini Wijnaldum’s future.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s future is a problem – his contract will expire in the summer of 2021
The current term of the Holland international ends in the summer of 2021 and it is now possible that Wijnaldum, who has been an instrumental figure for Klopp since his arrival from Newcastle, will enter the last season with the prospect of becoming a free agent. .
Dejan Lovren is another player who will no longer have a contract in June 2021. Liverpool expected interest in the Croatian international, which was courted by Roma and AC Milan last August, when the window opened, but all plans remain.
Klopp has a strong relationship with Lovren and would like to keep him as one of his four central defensive options until the end of his deal.
There have been no discussions with Lovren about a new contract.
Dejan Lovren’s deal ends in 2021 and Jurgen Klopp would like to keep him until then