Jurgen Klopp happy transfer target Timo Werner is ‘very proud’ at Liverpool link

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased to hear Timo Werner talk up the prospect of a move to Anfield.

But the Reds boss was reluctant to discuss anything concrete surrounding the club’s interest in a summer transfer.

Reports have suggested this week that Liverpool are expected to make an approach for Werner in the coming weeks.

The Germany international striker could team up with compatriot Klopp on Merseyside at the end of the season.

Werner, 23, has a terrific goalscoring record with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga and in European competitions.

He could be lured to Anfield to provide competition for a place to Brazilian No.9 Roberto Firmino.

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And this week, Werner admitted to Norwegian TV channel Viasport Football: "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."

Ahead of the European champions and Premier League leaders game away to Watford today (5.30pm), Klopp was asked for his response to Werner’s comments.

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"I prefer that when players speak about us they are positive, rather than saying 'that's the last club I would ever go to," Klopp told Sky Sports .

"From that point of view it's obviously nice.

“But that's all – there's nothing else to say about it."

Werner has a clause in his contract at Leipzig that allows him to agree a transfer away for just £51m before April.

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As a result, Liverpool will have to move quickly to line up a switch for the summer as the season enters March tomorrow.

Werner could even come up against the Reds before the campaign ends.

He scored from the penalty spot for Leipzig when they beat Tottenham 1-0 in north London on Wednesday in their Champions League round of 16 first leg.

Liverpool have work to do themselves, though, as they look to defend their trophy after falling to a 1-0 defeat away to Atletico Madrid in their first leg.

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