Liverpool set to beat Bayern Munich in race for 16-goals Bundesliga forward

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

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

The 23-year-old’s scored 16 times and 30 games for Leipzig this term and seven assists in another eye-catching campaign.

Leipzig are guaranteed a place in next year’s Champions League but that’s unlikely to be enough to keep Werner at the club.

But, while a move to Bayern appeared to be close, Mintzlaff has placed doubt on a transfer to the Allianz and says the striker may end up at Anfield.

‘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,’ 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 [Thomas] Tuchel in Paris or, I have no idea, maybe to Jurgen Klopp [at Liverpool] or Lucien Favre [at Dortmund].’