Keita Cited As Reason To Stay
Liverpool transfer target Timo Werner has been warned against making a summer move to Anfield.
The RB Leipzig striker has been linked over the past couple of years with a Liverpool transfer and the rumour mill was out in force again during the January window. The Bundesliga side ruled out any exit; however, Werner is out of contract at the end of next season and is refusing to put pen to paper on a new deal.
Liverpool signed Naby Keita from Leipzig last summer, but the Guinea international has suffered from injuries and a loss of form and has yet to score for the Reds. That has led to Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick warning Werner about making the move to England.
“Keita was an outstanding player here but he’s struggling in England,” Rangnick told Sky Deutschland.
“So far, he’s not the player there that he was here. The surroundings must be right for Timo. That’s the case here.”
Rangnick added that there will be no fresh offer to Werner who has also been linked with interest from Bayern Munich.
“We have gone to our financial limits with our offer, We know that he can earn more elsewhere, but he can also provide for himself for the rest of his life here. Financial aspects will not be the decisive factor, but rather the sporting perspective.
“We’re trying to keep him. He knows he’s very popular in the team, with the coach and the fans. He’s a top player, and he has become one of the most exciting Bundesliga strikers in the country.
“He still has one-and-a-half years left of his contract, and I hope that he’ll stay. But in the end, it’s up to him.”
Werner has scored 14 goals in 23 games for Leipzig so far this season.