Liverpool boss Klopp hails £134m German duo as ‘great players’

Date published: Sunday 7th June 2020 9:39

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hailed RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz as “great players”.

The Reds have been linked to the Germany internationals in recent weeks with both players having fantastic seasons in the Bundesliga.

£80m-rated Havertz is apparently ‘open’ to a move to Manchester United this summer, while Liverpool have reportedly missed out on signing Werner – who has a £54m release clause – with the 24-year-old opting for Chelsea.

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“There are a lot of good players on this planet,” Klopp told Sky Germany when asked about Havertz and Werner. “Timo Werner is a great player, Kai Havertz is a great player.

“Right time, opportunity – everything has to come together. Six, seven weeks ago, we didn’t know if we could play again this year.

“If we hadn’t played the second half of the season, we would have thought, ‘OK, when can you really play football again?’ And now it starts right away.”

Despite the reports that Chelsea had beaten Liverpool to Werner’s signature, RB Leipzig managing director Oliver Mintzlaff says they have not yet heard from the Blues.

“We haven’t had an exchange with Chelsea yet,” Mintzlaff told Sky Germany before the club’s draw with Paderborn, during which Werner assisted Patrick Schick’s opening goal.

“So far, Timo Werner has not drawn the clause nor has a club sent a transfer contract.

“We have nothing to report and do not take part in the daily speculation.

“Timo Werner is an RB Leipzig player. It was important for us that we extended his contract, which we did last summer, because of course it is important for our young club that no player moves free of charge.

“Of course, there was this release clause that we put in the contract to give him the opportunity to take the next step. Now Timo Werner is sitting in the driver’s seat, no longer us.

“If Timo Werner should change clubs, then we are sure that with the new, buying club we will first find the clause for him to end the Bundesliga season, whenever that is.

“We can only discuss when we know when the Champions League is going to take place. It won’t be decided until mid-June.

“He signalled a few weeks ago that he was busy with a transfer. Until now nothing is done.”


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