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Rumor Mongering: Liverpool to Battle Bayern Over Timo Werner

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The links to the talented RB Leipzig striker continue unabated.

RB Salzburg v RB Leipzig - UEFA Europa League - Group B Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Another day, another Liverpool link to RB Leipzig’s exciting young striker Timo Werner. Simply, it’s a story that just won’t go away, and likely won’t until the 22-year-old German signs somewhere (be it at Liverpool or elsewhere).

Today, it’s German publication Bild linking Werner away from Energy Drink Leipzig, claiming that Jürgen Klopp’s Merseyside Reds are set to battle their Bavarian counterparts off the pitch for his signature. In addition to linking Liverpool and Bayern Munich, the article also claims Borussia Dortmund are keeping tabs on the striker.

Despite the (Merseyside) Reds being considerably strong across the front line, Werner’s talents could prove useful, allowing not just for tactical flexibility, but also for rotational purposes. Werner, who has 13 goals and 2 assists across 20 appearances for Leipzig, can lead the line as an out and out striker as well and can be deployed as a wide attacker on the left.

Bringing Werner into the side would allow Liverpool to keep the front line fresh without a huge drop-off in talent (if there is a drop-off at all). It also might help former teammate Naby Keita, who has struggled so far in his first season at Anfield.

That said, it is always going to be a big battle to bring in German talent over Bavarian Giants Bayern Munich. And Munich arguably have the easier sell to Werner, considering they are looking for a long-term replacement for ageing stalwart Franck Ribéry.

Of course, Kloppo still has a lot of pull in Germany, and playing for this Liverpool side has to be a tempting proposition. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see (and probably read articles linking Werner to Liverpool for months and months to come).