Timo Werner transfer to Liverpool ‘happening’, with Reds set to offload three stars to fund £52m deal – The Sun

LIVERPOOL are closing in on a £52million deal for Germany sensation Timo Werner.

Sources say the transfer of the RB Leipzig striker is "happening".

Boss Jurgen Klopp is desperate to sign the hitman and plans to bring in £52m by selling Roma-target Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic.

German newspaper Bild's Head of Football Christian Falk believes Werner's switch to Liverpool will happen this summer.

He told lfctransferroom: “According to our information, the clause is 55 million as a base value and can grow to 60 million if RB Leipzig makes it into the Champions League.

“And yes, I think this transfer is happening. Interestingly, Werner now has a new Social Media and Marketing agency.

“The boss of this agency is also Jurgen Klopp’s manager.

“Werner is also talking a lot about Liverpool in the public eye now, too."

Klopp wants the 28-goal striker to boost his amazing frontline of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Werner has steered Leipzig into the last eight of the Champions League.

He has already snubbed a summer switch to Bayern Munich.

There are clauses in his contract which means his value decreases dramatically over the next year or two.

It will reportedly drop to £22m in 2022.

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Premier League restart: Liverpool mayor fears ‘farcical’ situation

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has said resuming the Premier League is a “non-starter”, and he fears a “farcical” situation with fans congregating outside Anfield – even if Liverpool clinch the title at a neutral venue.

The Premier League has told its clubs only “approved venues” will be used, raising the possibility of matches being played at neutral grounds.

Liverpool, chasing their first title for 30 years, lead the table by 25 points with nine games remaining, while the league hopes to restart on 8 June.

The league’s “Project Restart” envisages the season resuming behind closed doors because of social distancing measures in place to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

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The national lead for football policing said on Wednesday that playing all remaining Premier League and EFL fixtures at their original venues would “present challenges” to the emergency services.

Deputy chief constable Mark Roberts said “options” need to be looked at.

Anderson, Liverpool’s first directly elected mayor, told BBC Sport: “Even if it was behind closed doors, there’d be many thousands of people who would turn up outside Anfield.

“There’s not many people who would respect what we were saying and stay away from the ground, a lot of people would come to celebrate so I think it’s a non-starter.”

Asked about whether playing at a neutral venue would help, he said: “Even then, I guess that a lot of people would turn up outside Anfield to celebrate and I understand the police’s concerns around that, so there’s a real difficulty here for us.

“I think it would be really difficult for the police to keep people apart and maintain social distancing if they were going to celebrate outside Anfield, it would be farcical.

“It’s difficult for us to try to stop people gathering in parks when the weather has been good, especially young people. And I fear people would just ignore it.

“The police are right to be concerned about that as we are here in the city, and pubic health officials are also concerned about that, so we’d ask the Premier League and government to take into account all of these concerns that we have.”

‘Liverpool should be champions – but end the season’

Anderson added: “I think the best thing to do is to actually end the season.

“It isn’t just about Liverpool – they’ve clearly won the league – they deserve it, they should be crowned league champions.

“The bottom line is, though, this is about health and safety and people’s lives and I think football should have to come second in regards to making a choice here.”

More than 300 people have died from coronavirus in Liverpool hospitals.

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