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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Want Two RB Leipzig Players in 2018

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Buzz in Germany has Liverpool after Timo Werner in addition to Naby Keïta—but facing strong opposition.

1. FSV Mainz 05 v RB Leipzig - Bundesliga Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

The summer window’s only been closed for two weeks, but it’s never too early to start a bit of buzz around a potential transfer in the land of rumour mongering, where reports out of Germany today have Liverpool looking to bring two RB Leipzig players to Anfield next summer rather than just one.

Naby Keïta has already been signed, sealed, and delivered after the club took the unusual step of securing his services in 2018 on a deferred deal that saw Leipzig given a bonus on his release clause that kicks in next summer in order to allow Liverpool to discuss terms with the player a year early.

According the local German radio Sport1, though, the Reds would also like to bring in striker Timo Werner along with Keïta. If they are interested, though, they will face stiff competition, as Real Madrid are considered serious suitors for Werner based on multiple recent reports out of Germany.

They will also be trying to cut a deal for another player Leipzig have gone on record as not wanting to sell, with the German runners-up claiming they’re confident of holding on to Werner beyond the current season. If the Keïta case is anything to go by, it would be foolish to dismiss that out of hand.

For his part, the 21-year-old Werner just keeps scoring goals, with four in four to show for the current season so far and 25 in 36 games overall—with a goal every 113 minutes and a goal or assist every 88 minutes—since he joined Leipzig from Stuttgart in the summer of 2016.