The former Reds star has warned that those at Anfield have to keep away from parting with a Senegalese ahead until they have another attacker lined up.
Liverpool may want to only reflect onconsideration on parting with Sadio Mane in the subsequent transfer window if they have a deal in place for RB Leipzig ahead Timo Werner, says former Reds star Steve Nicol.
Jurgen Klopp has been closely linked with a move to bring a fellow German into his ranks at Anfield.
Werner has kept the door open for a cross to Merseyside, with the prolific 24-year-old admitting that the chance to link up with Liverpool holds obvious appeal .
The Reds are, however, not the solely side in the running when it comes to luring a established performer away from Leipzig.
There is additionally no apparent role for Werner in Klopp’s current starting XI as Liverpool are well-stocked when it comes to fearsome frontmen, with Mane flourishing alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Speculation has cautioned that trident may want to be broken up at some stage, with Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona casting admiring glances in the direction of the Premier League leaders.
Salah and Mane have considered big-money moves to Spain mooted, with the general consensus being that they may additionally be tempted to take on a new challenge as soon as they have achieved all that they can in England.
Nicol concedes that anything is possible, given the funds accessible to those at the top of football’s food chain, however he wants Klopp to have contingency plans lined up before any sales are sanctioned.
The former Reds defender told ESPN FC when asked about the prospect of parting with Senegalese star Mane: “That’s only any good if you bring in Timo Werner.
“Unfortunately there are not many [players like Werner] around. What if Werner wishes to go elsewhere?
“The way it is being talked about is if it is done. ‘Timo Werner says he wishes to go, so it is done’.
“Guess what, there was a man known as Kylian Mbappe who told all of us he wanted to go to Real Madrid, he ended up at PSG.”
Liverpool are expected to bolster their attacking ranks in the subsequent window , with greater depth required in that area even if Mane, Salah and Firmino remain put.
Various targets have been mooted, with Werner stated to have been joined on Klopp’s recruitment radar by the likes of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Kai Havertz.