Liverpool in pole position to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig – IF striker is willing to accept substitute role behind Roberto Firmino

Liverpool are keen to sign RB Leipzig wonderkid Timo Werner when the January transfer window opens in 2020.

The Reds moved eight points clear of their closest rivals in the Premier League last Sunday, thanks to a 3-1 win over defending champions Manchester City.

However, managed Jurgen Klopp is keen to strengthen his squad to ensure they do not throw away a healthy lead like last season.

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Timo Werner is one of the hottest strikers in world football at this moment, but would have to make due with a spot on the Liverpool bench
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Klopp wants to win a first-ever Premier League trophy, while also retaining their Champions League crown, and has identified Werner.

The Germany international is flourishing under Julien Nagelsmann in the Bundesliga this season, racking up 11 goals and four assists.

But Bleacher Report claim the 23-year-old would have to settle for a back-up role if he were to move to Anfield.

Roberto Firmino is currently the Reds’ main striker and occupies the No.9 shirt which Werner would surely crave.

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Werners pace and clinical finishing mean he is ideally suited to the Premier League
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Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah occupy inverted winger roles on the flanks, meaning the Leipzig striker would have to settle for a substitute role.

Liverpool aren’t the only club interested with a move for the striker ahead of the January transfer window.

Manchester United have emerged as potential suitors despite Anthony Martial’s fine return to form.

And Chelsea are also interested, despite being banned from signing players until the summer of 2020.

Meanwhile, Leipzig boss Nagelsmann recently admitted he would tell Werner to leave if he believed the player had a chance to take his game to the next level somewhere else.

“I’ve already advised many players to take off their wedding ring with their current club to move somewhere else,” he told Sport Bild.

“I’d do the same with Timo Werner if he were developing faster than the team at RB Leipzig.”

Werner put pen to paper on a new four-year deal in the summer after heavily being linked with a move to German champions Bayern Munich.

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