Klopp reacts to Werner’s comments over potential Liverpool transfer

Date published: Monday 24th February 2020 9:50

Timo Werner RB Leipzig

Jurgen Klopp thinks Liverpool’s success on the pitch could both boost and hinder their chances of landing their targets this summer after Timo Werner called them the “best team at the moment in the world”.

Liverpool are reportedly prepared to meet Werner’s release clause of €58million (£50m) in the summer and the Germany international continued to flirt with the idea of a move to Anfield yesterday.

“Jurgen Klopp is the best coach in the world,” Werner told Sky Germany on Sunday.

“There is a lot to suggest that my style of play would suit there (Liverpool).”

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Those comments came only days after he told reporters that Liverpool were the “best team” in the world following his goal in Leipzig’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Wednesday night.

“I know that Liverpool is the best team at the moment in the world and when you are linked with that team it makes me very proud,” Werner said.

“It’s a pleasure but I know that Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself and I need to learn many more things to get to that level and to play there.”

When asked about Werner’s comments, Klopp responded: “I don’t really get it. It’s nice when people say it, it’s better than if they say you are the worst team in the world, obviously.

“It’s easier if players see you as that. If they see you are successful, it’s easier to get into talks with players.

“But on the other side, it’s more difficult the better your team is because they ask questions like, ‘Where and when would I play?’

“We need players who want to be part of this, who want to fight for their spot, who want to make the next step together with us, who want to develop and improve so that’s it.

“We have these players and whoever wants to join us, needs to have exactly this kind of attitude.

“That CV is not easy to fulfill. The age group of our team is good in the moment. In two or three years maybe it’ll be different, but for the moment, it’s good.

“It depends on what you want – is it a good age for selling? Probably not. But is it a good age for performing? Yes. So there’s a lot of things we have to think about. It’s an interesting period.”

 

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