RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff told Sky Germany that Timo Werner does not intend on renewing his contract.
The 23-year-old forward has made a name for himself in the Bundesliga with Leipzig but is now planning on leaving for a bigger club.
Speaking with Sky Germany at half-time during Leipzig’s clash with Wolfsburg, CEO Mintzlaff said: “We want to extend it with him, but he has signalled to us that he would rather not extend.”
Liverpool need to be the club to sign him as he would offer the Reds something completely different to any of the other forwards at the club.
While Roberto Firmino is an elite forward in his own right, he is not entirely focused on scoring goals but rather is a complete forward.
The Brazilian is Jurgen Klopp’s ideal forward, combining his Samba flair and top class finishing with his Dirk Kuyt-esque defensive work rate.
What Werner would offer the Anfield outfit that Firmino doesn’t is a constant box presence. When Liverpool’s fullbacks have the ball, the German would always be looking to get between centre halves to score a header.
Firmino, on the other hand, tends to drift out of the box when Liverpool are playing against sides that like to sit deep. This is a positive approach in some scenarios but with Daniel Sturridge leaving, Klopp needs a traditional no.9 for certain fixtures.
Liverpool are in a strong financial position to reinforce their squad as much as they like after recording record profits over the last year.
What makes signing Werner all the more appealing is that, with just one year remaining on his contract beyond this season, he won’t cost a fortune.
Michael Edwards can sniff out a bargain in the transfer market from a mile away and there’s no doubt that he will have at least had a look at suggesting Werner to Jurgen Klopp.