RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has sent another come-and-get-me plea to Liverpool this weekend.
Werner, who has fired 27 goals in all competitions this season, has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield after a serious charm offensive in recent weeks.
Now the 24-year-old striker has claimed he is ready to play for a “big team” despite Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has poured cold water on speculation that Werner will leave the Bundesliga this summer.
“I think that I have the potential and possibilities to play for a big team,” Werner told Sky Germany.
“I just think there are different procedures [at a big club]. When you say that you must become champions, you must go far in the Champions League, and when you must win the cup.
“When you use the word ‘must’, the pressure is completely different and much greater.
“I still have to learn to be 100 percent there every game and to know that every game is about winning the championship in the end.”
Only last week Krosche has urged calm over the player’s future and told Bild: “There aren’t many things that favour him leaving us.”
“I know that Liverpool is the best team at the moment in the world and when you are linked with that team it makes me very proud,” he said after his goal against Spurs last month, while he also labelled Klopp “the best coach in the world”.
Werner also sent Twitter into meltdown after unfollowing the four accounts he followed on the social media platform, with one of them his own team RB Leipzig.
Sky Sports’ ‘insider’ Kaveh Solhekol recently claimed “Werner’s future was in Klopp’s hands”.
The reporter said Werner “favours a move to Liverpool” and as long as Klopp decides to activate his £50m release clause and convinces him he will play, a deal will be done.
Klopp is believed to be a big fan of Werner, although he refused to admit as much earlier this month.
“Like always we have nothing to say about that, but I prefer that when players talk about us they are positive, rather than saying ‘we’re the last club they would ever go to’.
“So from that point of view it is nice, but there is nothing else to say,” said the German.