RB Leipzig issue defiant Timo Werner statement amid Liverpool transfer links

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RB Leipzig have publicly dismissed suggestions Timo Werner wants to leave the club, insisting the striker is “happy” where he is. Germany international Werner has been linked with a big-money move away from the Red Bull Arena for the last year-and-a-half.

Among the clubs interested in acquiring the 23-year-old’s services are Premier League champions-elect Liverpool, with Express Sport understanding that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of the former Stuttgart man.

According to German newspaper Bild, the Kop chief tried to sign his fellow countryman last year and is contemplating tabling a fresh £50million bid in the summer to land his man.

Leipzig are well aware of Liverpool’s reported interest in signing Werner this summer and adamant their talismanic striker’ is focused solely on helping the club lift the Bundesliga trophy at the end of the season.

“We hear these reports all the time,” Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff told Transfermarkt.

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Werner is happy here and wants to play the rest of the season

RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff on Timo Werner’s future

“Someone makes something up, and everyone else copies it. Werner is happy here and wants to play the rest of the season.”

Werner has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 25 goals and providing 10 assists in 31 appearances this season.

Since joining Leipzig in the summer of 2016, Werner has scored a whopping 86 goals and registered 37 assists in 145 outings.

His displays have thoroughly impressed Liverpool hero Steve McManaman, though the former Kop star has reservations about his old side pursuing a big-money move for the forward.

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“I think he’s a great goalscorer and his record proves that,” McManaman said of Werner during an interview with Horsingrace.net. “Whether he’s the player that the other three at Liverpool are, with a footballing brain, then I don’t necessarily think he is.

“I don’t think he’s the type of player that will take people on and positionally move wide and things like that. I think he is a proper goalscorer.

“I do wonder if Liverpool are actually interested in him if I’m being honest. I don’t think he’s the type of player that Liverpool would go for at this moment.

“Is he a proven goalscorer? Yes he is. Would he get into the Liverpool team? Then I think that would be a different question.

“If you’re going to sign a proven goalscorer for a huge amount of money then he’d want to go right into the team?

“So that’s why I would question whether Liverpool are actually interested in Werner.”

Werner and his Leipzig team-mates will be back in action on Wednesday night, travelling to north London to take on Tottenham in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Liverpool, meanwhile, will be in action on Tuesday night, travelling to Spain to take on Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

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