RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has been linked with a move to both Chelsea and Liverpool.
Werner would prefer a move to Anfield than Stamford Bridge, according to a report in Germany.
Werner has been linked with a transfer to the Premier League since last season but his contract isn’t up until 2023.
Werner has scored 24 goals in 25 appearances for Leipzig this season and is impressing clubs across Europe with his all-round forward play.
But reports suggest that Chelsea and Liverpool are the frontrunners for his signature.
Frank Lampard’s Blues need a forward, with the futures of both Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi both uncertain.
According to Bild in Germany, though, Werner would prefer a move to Liverpool to play under Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp has turned Liverpool into European powerhouses and arguably the best team in world football.
And Werner seemingly wants to be part of the project that Klopp is continuing to build at Anfield.
Werner would easily fit into Klopp’s fast-paced system, and can float across the front three just like Salah, Mane and Firmino.
Klopp’s style of football is also similar to Leipzig’s, while Werner would also be linking up with a compatriot of his by joining the Reds.
Leipzig boss Oliver Mintzlaff recently admitted that it was hard for clubs not to be interested in Werner because of his brilliant form this season.
Leipzig’s Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich are also said to be in the hunt for the 23-year-old’s signature.
“If Timo continues to score goals, it is clear that not only Bavaria is interested in such a world-class player.” Mintzlaff said.
“Nothing is unsaleable in football. We have to be so honest."
Werner’s contract, which he signed last summer, currently runs until 2023 and his exit clause is thought to be around £55m.
Chelsea boss Lampard has yet to make a signing as manager but may choose to try and battle Liverpool for Werner in the summer.
Source: Daily Express
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Vicky Jepson is looking forward to welcoming Fran Kitching back into her Liverpool FC Women squad in around three-four weeks after the goalkeeper missed Sunday’s 1-0 win at Bristol City.
A nasty cut sustained in training last Tuesday meant Kitching was absent as the Reds recorded their first Women's Super League victory of the season thanks to Rachel Furness’ goal and Anke Preuss’ penalty save.
The 21-year-old posted on social media on Sunday evening to explain her omission from the trip to Stoke Gifford Stadium, writing: “After a lot of swelling and pain… I can finally say I’m feeling a lot better and ready to get back out there with my girlies! I’m supporting them every minute from home.”
And Jepson told Liverpoolfc.com on Monday: “One of Fran’s best qualities as a goalkeeper is her bravery and we see that in training and matches all the time.
“Myself and all the players want to wish her a speedy recovery from her injury and we look forward to having her back with the team soon.”
Adam Lewis is determined to make up for lost time and follow in the footsteps of his Academy teammates after returning from a long-term injury last week.
Lewis started preparations for 2019-20 on a high as he joined Jürgen Klopp’s first-team squad for the summer pre-season schedule.
And, having also began the campaign well for Neil Critchley’s U23s, the 20-year-old continued his progress with a place on the bench during the seniors’ Carabao Cup win over MK Dons in late September.
Three days later, however, he was on the wrong end of a late challenge in a 2-2 draw away at Arsenal in Premier League 2 – resulting in knee ligament damage that kept him out of action for four months.
But he returned on Friday night to provide a positive moment as the U23s were beaten by Wigan Athletic in the Premier League Cup.
For Lewis, just being back on the pitch was a special way to start 2020.
“I was just happy to be back out there after a long time out through injury,” Lewis told Liverpoolfc.com after coming on as a 71st-minute substitute.
“Despite being out, it has been a good chance for me to work hard and get stronger in the gym and try to make myself a better player.
“I’m just happy to be back. It was a shame about the result but we will go again against Wolves in our next game.”
Lewis retained an upbeat outlook during his lay-off, impressing the Academy coaches with a strong attitude.
And he is determined to prove himself once again.
“I enjoyed a good pre-season going away with the first team but these things happen in football, you get injured and you have to bounce back from that,” he added.
“It has been a long four months for me but you just have to get on with it. I am back now and I feel strong, fit and ready to push on.”
Lewis was cheering on from the stands when his friends Curtis Jones and Neco Williams excelled for the first team during the FA Cup third-round win over Everton at Anfield.
His aim now is to get a similar opportunity to shine at the highest level.
“When you see Neco and Curt and the other lads doing well, it’s a big opening, in my eyes,” said the versatile youngster.
“Fair play to the lads, they have kept going and I’m going to work hard and try to get a chance to get on the bench against Shrewsbury Town [in the FA Cup].”
U23s boss Critchley is delighted to welcome Lewis back into the fold and has backed him to make a big impression once again.
Critchley said: “It’s nice to have Adam back and it was great to give him 20 minutes or so at the end of the game.
“I know he will be feeling better after that and he was delighted to be involved before the game.
“It was nice to see him back on the pitch and hopefully now he remains fit between now and the end of the season, and I think he can be a really valuable player for the rest of the season.”
Here's a bite-sized breakdown of the weekend's action, including reaction to Liverpool's latest win, your response to Alisson Becker's brilliant celebration, how the Reds' rivals fared and more...
Stirkes from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah gave Jürgen Klopp's men a 2-0 victory over Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday and moved them 16 points clear at the top of the table.
The hosts took the lead on 14 minutes with Van Dijk nodding in Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner. The win was sealed in stoppage-time when Salah collected a raking pass from Alisson, held off Daniel James and applied the finish.
Liverpool have now scored in all their opening 22 league fixtures of the season - a new club record in the top-flight.
What they said...
Klopp: "We played outstandingly well; we dominated the opponent. We scored from the set-piece but had other situations obviously. And then the start of the second half was absolutely brutal – wow. We defend then with a lot of passion and big heart and stuff like this. Then the last situation in the game, Alisson Becker, what an assist and then Mo Salah, what a goal. If you look at the performance over 90 minutes or 95 or 98, we are the clear deserved winner and that's all what we want to be."
Jordan Henderson: "It's special, we’re enjoying our football, but you’ve got to stay hungry, you’ve got to keep learning and keep wanting more. To be fair, this group of players wants to do that. Of course, the manager is on us all the time to improve and we know we can certainly improve. It’s about every single day, keep going and keep going until the end of the season.”
Liverpool fans loved...
...that Alisson's length-of-the-pitch run and knee-slide celebration were possibly even better than his sensational assist for Salah's first-ever goal against Manchester United.
@LFC @Alissonbecker @MoSalah The catch The sighting The pass The control The running The stamina The shot The goal… https://t.co/8evU1h9Bi0— mikachi18 (MOON™) 19th Jan 22:24
The game in numbers...
Alexander-Arnold's corner for Van Dijk's opener was the full-back's 21st assist in the Premier League since the start of last season - more than any other player in the competition.
Meanwhile, Alisson became the first Liverpool goalkeeper to notch an assist in the top-flight since Pepe Reina did it against Sunderland in March 2010.
Today was the 150th win as @LFC manager for Jurgen Klopp in all competitions, in his 244th game. His last 50 have come in 63 matches.— ged0407 (Ged Rea) 19th Jan 18:42
Klopp's Liverpool have taken 91 points from the last 93 available to them in the Premier League - winning 30 and drawing one of their last 31 games.
The Reds are the first team to score in all their first 22 matches of a Premier League season since Arsenal in 2001-02. That Gunners side went on to score in every game that term and win the title.
How it stands...
A last-minute own goal from Fernandinho denied Manchester City a late come-back win at the Ethiad and handed Crystal Palace a 2-2 draw.
Eagles striker Cenk Tosun - on loan from Everton - put the visitors ahead after 39 minutes. A pair of goals from Sergio Aguero in the 82nd and 87th minutes made it 2-1 before Fernandinho put through his own net.
City remain in second place in the table as Leicester City were beaten 2-1 at Burnley, despite taking the lead through Harvey Barnes.
Chris Wood equailsed after the break and Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope saved a Jamie Vardy penalty before Ashley Westwood struck the winner.
Liverpool travel to Molineux Stadium on Thursday night to take on a Wolverhampton Wanderers side who are pushing for a place in the top four.
Nuno Espirito Santo's side fought back from two goals down to win 3-2 at in-form Southampton on Saturday.
The Reds beat Wolves 1-0 in an eventful match at Anfield in December, which you can see highlights of below.
Xherdan Shaqiri is aiming to be back in contention swiftly after missing the weekend win over Manchester United due to a minor calf injury.
The Liverpool attacker sat out the 2-0 Premier League victory at Anfield having picked up the knock at Melwood – but is eager to quickly make himself available again.
“It is just slight, I had a little problem in training,” Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com on Monday morning. “So I hope I might be back later this week. Let’s see, I cannot say now but it will be good if so.”
The No.23 had been brought on as a substitute in the previous Reds fixture at Tottenham Hotspur for his 10th appearance of the campaign.
And Shaqiri now wants to put the frustration of injury setbacks behind him and contribute as Jürgen Klopp’s side compete for the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup in the second half of the season.
“I didn’t have a lot of playing rhythm. I missed pre-season also and there were different reasons why I got some knocks maybe,” the Switzerland international added.
“I’m staying positive and I still try to have the opportunity to give my best and to help the team.”
Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk were imperious as Liverpool defeated Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday - and you can watch the best of their displays in our special clip on demand now.
The Reds' Dutch duo were instrumental in helping ensure Jürgen Klopp's side moved 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with the win.
Indeed, it was Van Dijk who set them on their way to success by thumping in a 14th-minute header.
Enjoy the highlights of their performances in our clip above.
Liverpool are taking nothing for granted after increasing their lead at the Premier League summit to 16 points, Andy Robertson has stressed.
Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester United at Anfield strengthened the Reds’ grip at the top of the table, with a game in hand on nearest challengers Manchester City and Leicester City.
Nevertheless, Robertson explained why no-one within the dressing room is ready to start giving thought to anything other than their next challenge in the division.
“We would obviously love to say yes – but no,” he stated, when asked by reporters whether Liverpool were closing in on the league title. “You are playing against your rivals who you've had great battles with over the years and the fans probably want to rub it in a bit. But we're not getting carried away.
"Until the champions sign is above our heads we don't believe anything. Yes, the lead is 16 points but we know how tough it gets. We've beaten United and in three days' time we go away to Wolves, who are flying, and it's an incredibly tough game.
"We know how hard this league is and how the table can change in a couple of weeks so it's up to us to stay 100 per cent focused and not allow that to happen.
"If we do then we keep ticking off the games and we hopefully get closer and closer. We can believe once the final whistle of that game goes."
The victory over United extended Liverpool’s unbeaten run in the Premier League to a remarkable 39 matches – a streak that stretches back over a year to January 2019.
However, the possibility of ending the entire top-flight season without a loss is, again, something not on the minds of the Reds’ players.
“We don't think about that,” asserted Robertson. “We go into every game to win. For us that is the aim, because we don't want to get beat and drop points, but we've said it many a time we work game-to-game and it's worked well for us so why would we change that now?
"Looking too far and thinking can we go unbeaten is pointless. We'll just focus on Wolves and we go into a tough game trying to get the legs fresh, try and put in a similar performance and try to be more clinical.
"Fingers-crossed we can do that and then the games start getting less and less and then hopefully we can be champions, but we're not thinking about that.
“The last 39 games have been incredible but for us it is unfortunate it has not been in one season, it has been across two. We keep going, we are on a good run just now, we are confidence, seven clean sheets on the bounce is massive and long may that continue.
"We will let other people say that [Liverpool will win the league] but I don't think anyone in that dressing room is believing that just yet and I think we can see that with every performance we are putting in."
LFC Foundation, the club's official charity, launched its Community Fund in April to help grassroots charities across Merseyside that support children and young people.
One of the successful grant recipients was Yellow House, a youth organisation committed to aiding those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with physical and mental disabilities.
Yellow House aims to provide a creative escape for young people to develop their musical talents, and the charity has used its Community Fund grant to purchase new recording studio equipment in a bid to offer the chance to pursue a career in music.
The charity has held collaborative workshops involving the Bauer Media Academy and Radio City in a bid to develop the youngsters’ skills using the studio equipment that LFC Foundation has supported with.
This donation was made through LFC Foundation’s Community Fund, which was set up using £100,000 raised from last year’s legends charity match against AC Milan at Anfield.
Jonny Hesketh, director of Yellow House, said: “For us, this money for equipment goes such a long way for the young people.
“Not every aspiring musician, DJ or filmmaker can afford this type of equipment. [With this donation] we are saying to young people that we will prepare them for the creative world.
“We work on producing creativity – providing the resources to produce and forge a career. It’s expensive but this charity aims to provide for those who can’t afford.”
Yellow House are preparing for their upcoming podcast later this year, which will focus on mental health issues, with young people sharing their stories and their attempt to overcome these. The studio equipment bought through the LFC donation will prove instrumental in producing this.
LFC Foundation’s Community Fund will be made available again this year, with another £100k being allocated from funds raised at LFC Foundation’s legends charity game on March 28 at Anfield.
Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster scored his first senior goal on Saturday to help loan club Swansea City record a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic.
Steve Cooper’s side trailed in the early stages of the Championship clash but Brewster – making his second appearance – brought them level on 19 minutes with a clinical finish.
Collecting a pass into the area with an angled run, the 19-year-old swept an emphatic low shot across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.
Swansea went on to claim victory, boosting their push for promotion, as Andre Ayew struck a second for the home side after the interval.
“What a great time to get [my first goal],” said Brewster. “It was great to get a goal, hopefully it’s the first of many. I really enjoyed it.”
On Friday night, Sheyi Ojo was a second-half substitute as Rangers beat Stranraer 2-0 in the Scottish Cup at Ibrox, playing the final quarter of the tie.
It was a frustrating Saturday afternoon for Harry Wilson as circumstances forced his start for Bournemouth to come to a premature conclusion.
When Steve Cook was sent off 31 minutes into their eventual 1-0 defeat at Norwich City in the Premier League, a tactical reshuffle meant Wilson was the man withdrawn.
In the Championship, goalkeeper Kamil Grabara kept a clean sheet for Huddersfield Town as they played out a 0-0 draw at home to Brentford.
Herbie Kane played the whole match for Hull City, who were beaten 1-0 by Derby County away from home.
On Sunday, Marko Grujic played the full game for Hertha BSC as they suffered a 4-0 Bundesliga defeat at home to Bayern Munich.
There was disappointment for Loris Karius, too – Besiktas were edged out 2-1 by Sivasspor in the Turkish Super Lig.
Liverpool opened up a 16 point lead at the top of the Premier League table with victory a 2-0 victory over their eternal rivals, Manchester United, at Anfield.
Goals in either half from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah gave the Reds a deserved victory in a performance of almost ceaseless dominance, with the final scoreline flattering the beleaguered visitors.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team were the only team to have taken any points off the table toppers in what has been a record breaking start to their domestic campaign and, judging from the early goings, the Liverpool players took umbrage to that.
Roared on by a vocal Anfield, the European Champions attacked from the first whistle and the pressure bore goal scoring fruit in the 14th minute.
It was symbolic to see Virgil van Dijk, the world’s foremost defender, rise and power above Harry Maguire, the world’s most expensive defender, to powerfully head Trent Alexander Arnold’s outswinging corner past David de Gea.
The Spanish keeper would continue to be busy as the opening half progressed and was perhaps fortunate not to concede a second, with van Dijk again in the thick of it. After a free kick, a scuffed Mohamed Salah volley saw van Dijk jump for the ball, in contest with de Gea. The United number one, under pressure, then spilled the ball, which — after Sadio Mane’s press won it back in the box — found it’s way to Firmino who rifled it into the right hand corner.
After a VAR consultation, however, van Dijk was adjudged to have fouled de Gea and the goal was chalked off. Undeterred, Liverpool continued to push and Mane, when released by a Salah through ball, ought to have scored when sent through one on one; but his left footed strike was directly at the feet of de Gea.
Completely dominant, the Reds were lulled into a sense of security and they were almost rudely awakened when Aaron Wan Bissaka’s ball across the face of goal was narrowly missed by the onrushing Andres Perreira. The Brazilian, mysteriously, appeared to try and make contact with the ball with his weaker foot and the home team’s 1-0 lead survived into half time.
Liverpool started the half in menacing fashion. Salah, when found by a low Robertson, cross badly miscued from five yards out and his effort rolled wide.
The onslaught on the United fork continued moments later, with Mané firing over and Henderson’s left footed shot hitting the post with the visitors badly struggling to play through the Reds intense and orchestrated press.
The European Champions continued to turn the screw and Oxlade Chamberlain’s strike from distance drew a solid save from de Gea.
Liverpool’s dominance was total, but with a one goal margin United were always in the contest. A driving run and shot from Fred — which went harmlessly wide — reminded the hosts of their rivals’ threat. Antony Martial, too, blazed a good opportunity over as the Reds’ control seemed to lull their focus.
More chances presented themselves, but Liverpool’s profligacy continued. A nutmeg from Georginio Wijnaldum opened up the pitch and the Dutchman’s through ball found Mané through on goal. Baring down on the goal, the Senegalese seemed caught in two minds, whether to shoot or cross, and his effort tamely trickled wide.
Only one goal in arrears, United’s confidence visibly grew and they started to put pressure on the Reds’ goal, without creating anything of note. The roles were reversed for the final minutes, with the visitors the aggressors and Liverpool content to play on the break; and it was this approach that sealed the match winning goal.
With the Old Trafford side committing everyone forward from a set piece, a quickly taken Alisson kick sent Salah through on goal and this time the Egyptian made no mistake and calmly clipped the ball past de Gea for the game sealing goal.
Liverpool team: Alisson; Alexander Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Oxlade Chamberlain, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Substitution: Lallana for Oxlade Chamberlain, Fabinho for Mane, Origi for Mane.
Subs not used: Adrian, Matip, Minamino, Jones.