Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp discussed a range of topics including Timo Werner’s mindset on his video chat with the RB Leipzig striker, according to a reliable journalist.
Werner has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield for months and it emerged in May that the 24-year-old held discussions with his fellow German Klopp.
Werner has previously made no secret of his admiration for Klopp, who is reportedly keen on the striker to freshen up his options up top.
According to German newspaper Bild‘s head of football Christian Falk, however, football was not the only matter on the agenda in the call.
Falk told the PodSavetheBall podcast: “We know that [the call] was around Easter, so a few weeks ago. It’s not only about football, [Klopp] wants to see the player – normally in person, he prefers – and he doesn’t talk about football all the time, he talks about life.
“He wants to know, ‘Is the player good in his head? ‘Is he a player which fits his team spirit?’ and I think Werner is a player who fits to Klopp.
“It’s also important for him that the players get to know him [Klopp]. Not just that he’s a funny guy and I want to train in his team.”
While Liverpool remain keen on Werner, more recent reports suggested the Reds are considering retracting their interest due to an unwillingness to pay the £50million buy-out clause in his contract.
Werner’s public statements have not only been about Liverpool, either; he has insisted that a move to Bayern Munich is off the table and a move abroad is his focus.
Falk added: “I think the connection is very, very good between [Klopp and Werner], that’s why Werner spoke in the public.
“But I think also Liverpool haven’t moved since then and that’s why Werner was speaking to the newspapers about ‘No to Bayern, Premier League will be fine’.
“Werner would like to go to Liverpool because it’s good for him – a German coach, he can speak his language there, the understanding is good.
“The last step didn’t happen now and there are two other clubs very interested in Werner.
“He is forcing Liverpool now because he would like to go there but in the end Liverpool don’t want to spend so much money and the [exit] clause is running out.”
Werner has scored 31 goals in 40 games this term, including 25 in the Bundesliga, with Leipzig sitting third in the Bundesliga table.
In other news, Klopp has issued a warning to Liverpool’s Premier League rivals that they are aiming to collect a maximum of 27 points when the top flight restarts.