RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann says striker Timo Werner is considering leaving the Bundesliga this summer amid rumours Liverpool are weighing up whether to activate his £52million release clause.
Werner has continued his rich goalscoring form since the German top-flight returned to action amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The 24-year-old netted a hat-trick against Mainz at the weekend which only sparked further excitement on Merseyside.
Jurgen Klopp was thought to be close to an agreement with Werner before the coronavirus crisis.
It is unclear how Liverpool’s summer budget will be affected by the loss of revenue in recent months.
Nagelsmann claims his star will be thinking with his partner, 23-year-old Julia Nagler, about joining the Premier League leaders.
“He is in a good mood, feels good and trains well,” Nagelsmann told Sport Bild.
“I do not have the impression that he is carrying a large cross with him. But he is a young guy who is sure to sit at home with his girlfriend and ponder whether he will stay or change.
“When the question is in the room, you are always a little bit somewhere else. It was no different for me than when in Hoffenheim, it was about whether I go away.
“It is more obvious with strikers, because then there are phases in which they do not score.”
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Werner has flirted with a move to Liverpool with his comments in recent times.
He said: “I know that Liverpool is the best team at the moment in the world.
“When you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud.
“It’s a pleasure but I know that Liverpool have a lot of good players and I have to improve myself, to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”
Meanwhile, former forward Tony Cascarino thinks there could be an issue with Werner moving to Anfield.
He said: “If he were to leave RB Leipzig it would need to be for a club similar to the style of Nagelsmann’s team. In the Premier League, that’s Liverpool.
“They are the team who get three or four players into advanced attacking positions in every move.
“But I can’t see him forcing his way into the starting line-up ahead of [Mohamed] Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino.”
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