Bundeliga club chief confirmed Liverpool interest in £70m attacker

Red Bull Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff reveals Liverpool are still in the race to sign Timo Werner as the frontman may want to ‘play under Jurgen Klopp’.

Bayern Munich are understood to be keen on the Germany international and view him as a long-term replacement for ageing Robert Lewandowski.

The 23-year-old has netted 16 times in 30 games for Leipzig this term and added seven assists to another eye-catching campaign.

Leipzig have guaranteed a place in next year’s Champions League, but that is unlikely to be enough to keep the hitman at the club.

But, while a move to Allianz Arena appeared to be close, Oliver Mintzlaff has placed doubt on a transfer to the local rivals and says the striker may end up at Merseyside.

‘We haven’t spoken to Timo Werner about Bayern Munich, but what the player wanted to do was important for us as he wanted to see how the season would go,’ Oliver Mintzlaff told Sky Sports.

‘Last year we certainly didn’t play football like we did in the season before. ‘We have submitted an offer and we know that Timo would rather not extend – but that can still change.

‘Maybe he doesn’t even want to go to Munich. Maybe he wants to go to Tuchel in Paris or, I have no idea, maybe to Jurgen Klopp or Lucien Favre.’

Liverpool have been linked with £70 million swoop for the Germany international as the striker is desperate to leave the current club.