Liverpool have been given renewed hopes in their pursuit of RB Leipzig’s striker Timo Werner, as the German club has confirmed that Bayern Munich aren’t interested in signing the 21-year-old.
Werner was regularly linked with Liverpool over the summer, with the Daily Mail claiming that the Reds were keeping a close eye. Scoring 21 goals and 5 assists in Bundesliga last season, Werner guided his team to a second-place finish.
Both Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig met for the second time in four days on Sunday and the former emerged victorious in both of them. First up was DFB Cup Second round and with the teams level until the final whistle, the game was decided on penalties, which went in favour of Die Roten.
Next stop was Allianz Arena and Bayern once again got the better of Leipzig. But prior to the game, Bayern president Uli Hoeness and chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge invited Leipzig’s president Oliver Mintzlaff and the rest of the club’s hierarchy to dinner and plenty of things were discussed. Mintzlaff, however, revealed that Bayern did not utter a single word over Werner’s transfer.
“We had a pleasant lunch and dinner with Bayern, with Mr. Rummenigge and Mr. Hoeness. We talked about everything. But we did not talk about Timo Werner. Therefore there is no enquiry or offer,” Mintzlaff told Sport1.
“If there were, we would be relaxed and would point to the contract and the happiness of the player. He has developed splendidly with us and taken the next steps. Therefore there is no reason for the player to say ‘I was Germany’s best striker last season now I have to look for the next step.
“He can make it with us, he is now playing in the Champions League. There we must have him and we will not let him go.”
Liverpool have already struck a deal with Leipzig over Naby Keita, who will be joining us next season, and Mintzlaff’s quotes might have handed Liverpool some renewed hopes in the pursuit of the 21-year-old. Werner is contracted with Leipzig until 2020 and when he was asked about a move away from Germany, the striker heaped praises on the Premier League.
“Until now, everything has gone well with Leipzig, I don’t think about what could happen in one, two or three years, but of course I want to play for a big club at some point,” Werner told Sport Bild.
“In Spain there are a maximum of three clubs with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. In England there is a bit more, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City. Bayern is also a big club, but for me it is not a topic that I am concerned with.”
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Rant of the day: Jurgen Klopp should stick to the 4-2-3-1, thanks to these two players
Xherdan Shaqiri seems to be making waves at Liverpool after his latest showing against Fulham. The Reds were far from their best and needed some quick-thinking to open the scoring before Shaqiri made it 2-0 with a great volley.
The Swiss attacker possibly was the best player on the pitch. The former Stoke man has fitted well into the Liverpool team with Jurgen Klopp deploying a 4-2-3-1 several times this season.
This is one conundrum that Klopp might have to look into. Liverpool were playing a fluid and attacking 4-3-3 last season, however, the German has opted for a 4-2-3-1 this season.
There has been a dual effect with this change. Liverpool aren’t scoring goals for fun or tearing teams down, but we aren’t conceding many too.
In fact, we have only conceded five goals from 12 Premier League games, which is an incredible record considering how leaky our defence was when Klopp arrived.
It isn’t just Shaqiri who has done well in this new formation. Fabinho started his Liverpool career slowly but now seems to be doing well.
The Brazilian still lacks a bit of speed but hopefully, he will get better as the season progresses.
Big decisions lying ahead for Liverpool
Shoehorning Shaqiri and Fabinho might have taken some doing, but the pair certainly make us a tougher team to break down and better in attack this season.
Our front trio from the previous campaign as just not looking as fluid as before. Mohamed Salah is scoring the goals because he is leading the attack now, and his relationship with Shaqiri has helped us to a couple of goals this season.
Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane aren’t going great guns and Shaqiri has actually looked the most threatening of our attackers, once we take Salah out of the equation.
Fabinho has done a decent job as the midfield destroyer but he is yet to adjust his game to Premier League conditions.
The Brazilian was great in our 4-0 win over Red Star but hasn’t been able to replicate that kind of form in the Premier League games.
However, Klopp shouldn’t think of going back to a 4-3-3 yet since we are doing pretty well in the league this season.
The Reds are tougher to break down, which is a great sign going into the rest of the season, and Fabinho will only get better with more time under his belt.
The pair weren’t the biggest names when we signed them or even the most expensive, but they have made us a rounded team.
It is difficult not seeing the attacking football from last season every game. However, if we remain challengers for the Premier League crown, it will be another step in the right direction.
Klopp has tweaked his formation effectively this season, and a stronger Liverpool in all aspects is the final product.
“We would take Pulisic or Fekir” – Some Liverpool fans want winter signing as journalist shoots down interest in £85m star
Liverpool have been linked with a massive £85million (h/t Liverpool Echo) deal for the French forward, however, the report claims that Jurgen Klopp is not willing to buy players in January as he believes the team can challenge on all fronts.
Pearce did believe that Klopp could spend in the winter window only if we are dealt with a number of injuries.
Liverpool are second in the Premier League and have a decent chance of making it out of their Champions League group too.
However, some fans were not happy with the report from Pearce and wanted the club to sign an attacking midfielder in the winter window.
We need Fekir. Thank you…
— KennyLFC (@Kslyms) November 14, 2018
Liverpool are delusional if they think we can mount a challenge with that midfield.
— Rosebud Films (@FilmsRosebud) November 14, 2018
Bad news Pearce strikes again!
— Anish (@Anish_Dogra) November 14, 2018
— Sam (@Sam_Gocher) November 14, 2018
I don’t have enough fingers to count the amount of buzzkills that @JamesPearceEcho delivers to us Liverpool supporters😭
— Dylan van der Spuy (@dylanvdspuy14) November 14, 2018
Bring him on he’s needed
— Mel♥️😜❤️ (@MelMboma) November 14, 2018
*pretends to be shocked* pic.twitter.com/DLH8ZmyhXO
— @Virgil_VD (@Virgil_VD) November 14, 2018
Couldn’t help yourself pic.twitter.com/vfZIC5G8ui
— A.Y (@reddalasisoahc) November 14, 2018
Dembele , no thanks , we would take Pulisic or Fekir please
— Saket Dhodapkar (@saketdhodapkar) November 14, 2018
Hmmmm just like Alison, VVD, Salah, Robbo etc…..
— RedMac (@Grahammcgarty) November 14, 2018
— Gabriel Santos (@gabrielcrf07) November 14, 2018
Liverpool target doesn’t rule out moving to the Premier League in the future
Christian Pulisic hasn’t ruled out playing in the Premier League someday. The American is one of the best youngsters in the Bundesliga and was brought to Borussia Dortmund by Jurgen Klopp.
Pulisic was quoted by the Express as saying:
“England, the Premier League, is a league where lots of kids dream of playing.
“So there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here.”
The Express adds that Klopp bid £11million for the American in 2016 but Dortmund rejected that offer. Pulisic has helped the club to the top of the Bundesliga this season and has two goals and two assists.
The report adds that Manchester United are also interested in the 20-year-old, and could rival any bid made by the Anfield giants.
The American added that he is enjoying his season with the Germans and knows that tabloid tales are part of the game.
Pulisic would be a wonderful addition to the team, and the youngster can play in a number of positions in the attacking third.
The 20-year-old would not come on the cheap, however, Klopp can make the American better at Anfield. It will be interesting to see what happens in the winter window, and if we get Pulisic, it would be the blockbuster deal of the January window,
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