Liverpool transfer target Timo Werner has been issued a stern warning by RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann after the striker said he felt “very proud” to have been linked with a move to the Premier League leaders. Werner’s comments came after his penalty helped Leipzig beat Tottenham 1-0 in their Champions League clash on Wednesday night.
That goal takes his tally to 26 this season from just 32 appearances in all competitions.
But the 23-year-old still thinks he needs to improve if he is to secure a move to Anfield in the future.
“I know that Liverpool is the best team at the moment in the world,” Werner told Norwegian TV channel Viasport Football.
“When you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud.
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“It’s a pleasure but I know that Liverpool have a lot of good players and I have to improve myself, to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”
However, these remarks have not gone down well at Leipzig.
Nagelsmann was quick to warn the young German that he would not enjoy the same status under Jurgen Klopp as he currently does at the Bundesliga side.
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“It would be more difficult for Timo Werner to play at Liverpool than at Leipzig”, Nagelsmann told German publication Sport Bild.
“He will not get the status he has here in the first few years and I tell him that too.
“The boys are seeing how we are developing and how much potential we have. We don’t leave anyone, who helps us, defenceless.”
If Liverpool were to sign Werner it would leave Klopp with a selection dilemma up front.
The German coach has consistently kept Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah as his main attacking trio, and it is unclear how long, if at all, Werner would be willing to play as a back-up forward.
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Werner joined Leipzig from Stuttgart in 2016 and since then he has gone on to score 87 goals and provide 37 assists in 146 appearances for the club.
This season he has started every Bundesliga match for Leipzig, while also featuring in all of their Champions League and domestic cup matches.
Leipzig are currently second in the Bundesliga and are only one point behind league leaders Bayern Munich.
Then now have three more league matches to play before hosting Tottenham in the return leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on March 10.
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