Exclusive: Unexpected Firmino claim made by pundit after Sky's Liverpool transfer reveal
Danny Mills has claimed that Roberto Firmino is at risk of losing his place in the Liverpool side if a deal is completed for Timo Werner this summer.
The former Manchester City right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the Werner, 24, is best deployed as a number nine and would, therefore, be direct competition for the Brazilian.
Sky Sports Italy have reported that the Reds have asked RB Leipzig for more time to make a decision on whether they will move for the German forward.
Liverpool two weeks ago asked time to Leipzig for Timo Werner. The two clubs are not in official talks yet – but #LFC are still Werner’s priority. He spoke with Klopp many times and he will wait Liverpool. He’d consider other bids only if Liverpool will decide to give up 🔴 #LFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 29, 2020
Football Insider understands that the £53.7million buyout clause is currently a sticking point in a potential deal and the Champions League holders are hoping a reduced fee can be agreed.
It comes as the Reds, like most clubs across Europe, are seeing their revenue take a hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.
When asked by Football Insider who would be in danger of losing their spot in the starting eleven if the German arrived, Mills said: “You would have to say Firmino.
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“Timo Werner is pretty much an out and out centre-forward, a number nine. That is what he is and that is what he does.
“It is competition for places and he in an incredibly good striker who is still young and has things to learn.
“You always want to add quality to your side. Liverpool could get an injury or players go on international duty and it may just flow. They do not need to worry.
“Look how strong Manchester City’s squad is. Liverpool need that to compete on three fronts.”
RB Leipzig may opt to keep Werner for another year and then sell him in 2021 when his release clause drops to £36m.
The striker has scored 30 goals and provided 12 assists in 30 appearances this season.
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