Timo Werner not distracted by Liverpool transfer links, RB Leipzig boss insists

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RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has dismissed suggestions that star striker Timo Werner has been distracted by speculation over his future.

The 24-year-old has long been touted as Liverpool’s No.1 target as they look to build on a seemingly inevitable Premier League success this term by strengthening their frontline when the transfer window opens.

Links between the two have been incessant in recent months, while one report emanating from Germany this week suggested that Werner had already held talks with Jurgen Klopp to discuss what the future would hold for him at Anfield.

But, in plundering a hat-trick plundered against Mainz on Saturday afternoon, the forward seemed to show that all the talk of his next move is not detracting from his game.

And his coach has now insisted he has not seen any signs of Werner’s uncertain future is becoming an issue.

“He is in a good mood, feels good and trains well,” Nagelsmann told SportBild.

“I do not have the impression that he is carrying a large cross with him. But he is a young guy who is sure to sit at home with his wife and ponder whether he will stay or change.

“When the question is in the room, you are always a little bit somewhere else. It was no different for me than when in Hoffenheim, it was about whether I go away.

“It is more obvious with strikers, because then there are phases in which they do not score.”

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