The ex-Reds star feels interest in the prolific RB Leipzig striker is purely down to Jurgen Klopp looking to add greater depth to his squad at Anfield

Liverpool are not looking for Timo Werner to replace anyone at Anfield, says John Barnes, with Jurgen Klopp considered to be looking to bring in competition for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Talk of the Reds launching a big-money raid on RB Leipzig for the prolific Germany international striker has been stepped up ahead of the next transfer window.

Werner is seen by many as the perfect fit for Klopps system, with the 24-year-old boasting both end product and willingness to work hard for the good of a collective cause.

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It has, however, also been suggested that another option will be sought by Liverpool in the final third as interest is building in those already on their books.

La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona have been sniffing around Salah and Mane for some time, but Barnes is not expecting sales to be sanctioned on Merseyside.

He told BonusCodeBets of the Werner rumours: Hes not going to replace anyone.

Hes coming to be part of the squad, I dont think Klopps going to drop any of the front three for him.

Of course, I dont know if that is what may necessarily happen. If Salah, Mane or Firmino goes, we dont know, so I dont think hes coming in to replace anyone, hes coming to be part of a squad.

Pressed further on whether he could see any member of a fearsome front three moving on in 2020, former Reds midfielder Barnes added: Every player, regardless of who you are, can go at any moment.

I dont think theyre preparing for any of the front three to leave. If you can get a player of Werners quality to come in and one of the front three doesnt leave, its fine, they have a stronger squad.

I dont think theyre 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 dont think hes going to cost hundreds of millions or his salary will be that high and it wont be the case where he has to play every single game because hes going to cost 100m and hes being paid 300k a week.

This is also what hes [Klopp] looking for, players that will come and be happy to be there and not demand to play every week, theyre not superstars like a [Cristiano] Ronaldo or a [Lionel] Messi.

Werner has left the door open for a move to Liverpool to be made, as he readies himself for a new challenge, but the Reds are not the only side monitoring his situation and may face competition when the next market opens for business.

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