Klopp playing ‘transfer poker’ over top target as Liverpool negotiate

Date published: Wednesday 27th May 2020 11:20

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Liverpool are looking to get RB Leipzig to reduce their demands for striker Timo Werner, according to reports.

Werner was regarded as Liverpool’s primary transfer target heading into this summer before the global pandemic curtailed football in Europe’s major leagues.

The Bundesliga was the first to return 11 days ago, with Werner hoping to fuel Leipzig’s unlikely title challenge.


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Leipzig host Hertha Berlin tonight as they look to leapfrog Dortmund into second and close the gap on leaders Bayern Munich to seven points.

Werner will be hoping to catch rival Robert Lewandowski in the top goalscorer stakes, as his 24 goals has thus far been eclipsed by the Pole’s 27.

Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein claimed on Monday that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has held a “virtual meeting” with Werner in “recent weeks”.

And now SportBild (via Sport Witness) claims that Klopp spoke to Werner around Easter time as he will only buy a player if he feels a connection.

The German publication goes on to say that Klopp and Liverpool are playing ‘transfer poker’ as look to get Leipzig to reduce their asking price.

If Liverpool want to sign Werner for his €55m release clause then they have to trigger that by June 15 but the Reds don’t want to pay that much.

 

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