Liverpool to Return to Bundesliga in Striker Quest


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Liverpool are set to return to Leipzig this summer to sign Timo Werner, reports the Daily Star.

The Reds already landed Naby Keita, 22, to replace Juventus-bound Emre Can, 24, who is set to leave Anfield in the summer on a free transfer.

Werner, 22, is hailed as one of German football’s brightest young talents and the striker has already established himself in the national squad, earning 11 caps to date and scoring seven goals. Three of those came in last summer’s Confederations Cup, where he was awarded the tournament’s Golden Boot.

The striker won’t come cheap. Liverpool will need to part with close to €100m to sign the 22-year-old if the Bundesliga outfit can be persuaded to sell.

Leipzig are embroiled in a four-way fight for the final two Champions League qualification places. Currently sixth, they are six points behind second-placed Schalke 04, and trailing five in the wake of Borussia Dortmund, with Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen in between the pair.

Werner is proving more than a one-season wonder for the club from eastern Germany. After scoring 21 in 32 games last time around, he has netted 18 in 35 this season.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is steadfast in his admiration of his young compatriot and is determined to capitalise on his side which is on course to score close to 100 goals in this season’s Premier League.