Liverpool suffer setback in chase for Bundesliga forward


Liverpool spent the summer in an exhaustive battle to convince RB Leipzig to sell them Naby Keita, with the Guinea international agreeing a move to Anfield at the end of the current season.

The Bundesliga outfit might have hoped that would be the end of their dealings with the Merseysiders, but Jurgen Klopp has his eye on another of their key men.

According to the Sun, the Reds are competing with Real Madrid for the signature of Timo Werner having been impressed with his performances for a youthful Germany side at the Confederations Cup.

The 21-year-old has already scored three goals in three league games this season to add to last term’s tally of 21.

Leipzig director Oliver Mintzlaff has handed Werner’s suitors a setback, however, by revealing the forward does not have a release clause in his current deal.

“He has a contract until 2020 and he feels at home here,” he said, quoted via the same source. He then went on to confirm there was no release clause in that contract.

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“We are playing in the Champions League. With this, we can offer Timo everything to continue his development here.”

Daniel Sturridge’s injury problems have left Liverpool lacking a regular out-and-out forward, with Roberto Firmino playing in various positions across the front line.

Dominic Solanke arrived in the summer but it seems unlikely the youngster is going to play a major role in the first team yet.

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