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Liverpool ‘do not intend’ to make an early move for Werner

Liverpool ‘do not intend’ to make an early move for RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner despite the forward’s £52m release clause expiring on June 15.

The Germany international has been strongly linked with a summer move to the Premier League leaders following another prolific season for the Bundesliga side, with Werner having spoken publicly and glowingly on the reported interest in his services from Merseyside.

Werner has scored 27 goals in all competitions so far this season, including four in the Champions League to help Leipzig into the knock-out stages for the first time in their history.

The 24-year-old was subject of interest from Bayern Munich last summer before recommitting his future to Julian Nagelsmann’s side, though a release clause of £52m was inserted into his extended contract at the Red Bull Arena.

Werner is widely reported to favour a move to Liverpool and is expected to leave Leipzig this summer but according to Sky Sports, the Reds have no intention of activating the star’s release clause prior to its expiry in mid-June.

Jurgen Klopp is believed to hold an interest in signing his compatriot to add to the club’s attacking ranks, but a move is complicated by Werner’s desire for guaranteed first-team football and the presence of Liverpool’s undisputed first-choice front three.

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