Liverpool have suffered a blow in their hopes of signing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner this summer with the news that Borussia Dortmund have entered the race for his signature, according to German outlet SportBild via a report from Inside Futbol earlier today.
Dortmund boss Lucien Favre is looking to bolster his striking options next season and has identified Werner as the ideal choice, with Werder Bremen’s Maximilian Eggestein and Augsburg’s Phillip Max seen as alternatives.
Liverpool were thought to be in the lead for Werner’s signature, with Klopp keen to bring him to Anfield as a replacement for Daniel Sturridge, whose Liverpool departure now looks inevitable.
The 22-year-old is currently contracted to Leipzig until 2020 and with a new contract currently not looking likely, the German international may be available for a cut-price fee.
Werner has been in fine form this campaign, with 13 goals across all competitions and with James Pearce stating that he is “certainly on his [Klopp’s] radar” this summer, rumours above a transfer to Merseyside have intensified.
However, playing a key role for Leipzig and Germany, it’s unknown if Werner would be willing to possibly play a bit part role for Liverpool or go to a club in his homeland.