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Report: Jürgen Klopp wants to bring Bayern target Timo Werner to Liverpool

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Would Werner fit in Klopp’s Liverpool system?

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Bayern Munich arguably came close to signing RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner before the summer transfer window closed, but the German international ultimately signed a contract extension at the beginning of this season. His new contract runs through 2023 and it’s no secret that Bayern, in addition to a laundry list of other top European clubs, has remained interested in acquiring his services.

Per a new report by Bild+, Jürgen Klopp wants to bring Werner to Liverpool this summer. The release clause in his current contract is reported to be around €55-60 million, and Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, and Atletico Madrid are all said to be willing to pay that amount to sign him.

Werner’s playing style would suit Liverpool’s system well given how they like to press high up the pitch and suffocate their opponents’ defenses. His pace on either flank would make him a very useful asset in Klopp’s system, but that also poses a question: would he start over Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, or Roberto Firmino? It’s unlikely that he’d knock any of those three out of Klopp’s starting eleven.

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Werner has not concretely stated that he’s interested in leaving Leipzig this summer, but he alluded to the fact that he’s definitely open to going to the Premier League:

The Premier League is the most interesting league. Every week, many Bayern Munichs and Real Madrids play. Watching the English league and playing there has acquired a certain flair.

For Bayern, the primary target for the summer window still seems to be Manchester City’s Leroy Sané, with the secondary (perhaps less realistic) target being Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz. Given their already pricey summer shopping list, it might be unrealistic to presume Bayern will make another push for Werner, despite continued interest for the past two seasons.

Eintracht Frankfurt v RB Leipzig - Bundesliga
Timo’s surely got a lot of thinking to do once the season ends.
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