Timo Werner’s Liverpool future is in Jurgen Klopp’s hands according to Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol. The German striker is keen for a move to Anfield and is likely to leave RB Leipzig in the summer.
The Premier League is Werner’s preferred destination and he is keen to play under Klopp, who he named as the best manager in the world last week.
But for any deal to happen, Klopp would have to agree to pay Werner’s £50million release clause as well as make the 23-year-old certain assurances about his role at the club.
Solhekol believes that despite the European champions being Werner’s most likely destination a deal may hinge on Klopp’s willingness to sign the player.
“Timo Werner’s future is in Jurgen Klopp’s hands,” Solhekol told Sky Sports.
“He is almost certain to leave RB Leipzig in the summer because of his release clause and he favours a move to Liverpool as long as he gets to play.
“If Liverpool can give his representatives the assurances they need, then Werner playing for Liverpool next season becomes a real possibility.
“Werner will become a Liverpool player this summer if Klopp decides to activate his £50m release clause and if he can convince Werner he will play regularly next season.”
Werner has scored 21 goals in 23 matches in the Bundesliga this season to fire Leipzig into title contention where they trail Bayern Munich in second by a point.
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The most important of his four Champions League goals this season came from the penalty spot in last week’s 1-0 last-16 first-leg win against Tottenham leaving Solhekol impressed with the striker’s ability to perform under pressure.
“On the pitch he is letting his performances do the talking. He scored in Leipzig’s Champions League win at Spurs last Wednesday and he was on target again in the 5-0 win at Schalke on Saturday,” Solhekol continued.
“Leipzig fans expect Werner to leave at the end of the season but a move to Liverpool is complicated because they already have arguably the best front three in the world.
“Werner accepts he would have serious competition on his hands at Anfield in the shape of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firminho and Mohamed Salah and to be fair to him he does not believe he is at their level yet.
“As was seen last month when Erling Braut Haaland chose to move from RB Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund though, the best young payers are increasingly looking to move to clubs where they are guaranteed to play.”
Manchester United, Chelsea and Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich are also reportedly interested in securing the Leipzig star’s signature.
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