Liverpool should not be too disappointed if they miss out on signing Timo Werner this summer because of the coronavirus, former defender Jamie Carragher says.
The Reds have been heavily linked with a move for the RB Leipzig striker, but reportedly face competition from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
The Premier League leaders may have an advantage over the Bavarian side as the 24-year-old suggested he would rather move abroad than join another team in the German division, but Carragher believes the financial loss Liverpool have suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic may have ruined their chances of luring the Germany international to Anfield this year.
"I think there was a good chance of it happening before the pandemic happened," he is quoted saying at an NHS fundraiser by the Liverpool Echo.
"But financially now you don't know what state clubs are in. I actually saw something on Twitter before about Man United's financial results so, you would expect Liverpool to be pretty similar [as to] how they've been affected. I am sure that will affect the transfer market."
Werner, who joined RB Leipzig from Stuttgart in 2016 and has three years left on his contract, is the second top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with 21 goals from 26 appearances, while he has chipped in with seven assists.
Former Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick said recently that the attacker would be a good fit for the Champions League holders because their playing style is similar to that of Julian Nagelsmann's team, but ex-England centre-back Carragher is confident Jurgen Klopp's squad is already strong enough to fight for silverware next season without the need to add another striker.
He added: "I don't think Liverpool can complain too much with the squad they've got at the moment. They've lost one league game all season and one last season.
"There's certainly not too much that needs too change but I do feel a top attacking player is needed but if the finances aren't there, they aren't there."
Liverpool are currently 25 points ahead of reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, and will be just two wins from the title if and when the season resumes.