Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the upcoming transfer window will be quieter than normal as football clubs grapple with the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
Already transfer speculation has ramped up despite the 2019-20 season being far from complete among most major European leagues.
Klopp’s Liverpool were linked with Werner but missed out on the German star. The Reds only spent 8.6 million pounds during their triumphant 2019-20 Premier League season, in a record across the past decade.
The Liverpool boss said that trend may continue, when he said: “It is about how influential the coronavirus crisis would be on all financial parts of life. It’s not only football, we all will pay a bill in the end.
“Nobody knows exactly how big the bill will be. Hopefully it is over soon but we should not start taking for granted it all will be fine.
“We cannot spend millions and millions and millions because we want to or we think it is nice to do. We never wanted that.
“[The reality is] COVID has influenced both sides with ins and outs. It’s not likely that it will be the most busy summer in the world.”
Klopp also admitted that Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, who has been heavily linked with a move to England, would be great to sign but is unlikely in the short term.
Other hot property around Europe includes Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, West Ham’s Declan Rice, Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana and Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic.
Klopp lauded his club’s squad depth, which has been established over time.
“We don’t have a first XI, I say we have a first 16 or 17, they can all play to the same level,” Klopp said.
“But we have to use this, 100 per cent.”