English Premiership

Barnes: Werner won't replace Mane or Salah

Timo Werner (Getty Images)
Timo Werner (Getty Images)

John Barnes says Timo Werner won't displace Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah if Liverpool sign the RB Leipzig striker.

The 24-year-old – who has been flirting with a potential transfer to Liverpool – has scored a remarkable 21 Bundesliga goals this season but is reported to have a release clause of just £51 million in his contract.

Reports earlier this month claimed that Liverpool were in 'advanced talks’ with Werner, while they have also reportedly told his representatives that ‘they need more time to decide on whether to make a formal offer for the Germany international'.

There has been speculation that Mane or Salah could be leaving if Werner comes in, but Barnes doesn't think that will happen.

"He's not going to replace anyone," Barnes told BonusCodeBets.

"He's coming to be part of the squad; I don't think Klopp’s going to drop any of the front three for him.

"Of course, I don't know if that is what may necessarily happen. If Salah, Mane or Firmino goes, we don’t know, so I don’t think he’s coming in to replace anyone, he's coming to be part of a squad."

Barnes added: "Every player, regardless of who you are, can go at any moment.

"I don't think they're preparing for any of the front three to leave. If you can get a player of Werner’s quality to come in and one of the front three doesn’t leave, it's fine, they have a stronger squad.

"I don’t think they're going to lose any of the front three, but in modern football, you can never tell.

"If you get a chance to get a player who can fit into what you want, you should do it.

"I don’t think he's going to cost hundreds of millions or his salary will be that high and it won’t be the case where he has to play every single game because he’s going to cost £100 million and he's being paid £300k a week.

"This is also what he's [Klopp] looking for, players that will come and be happy to be there and not demand to play every week, they’re not superstars like a (Cristiano) Ronaldo or a (Lionel) Messi."

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