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Keita & Mane keen for Werner to join Liverpool

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RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is wanted at Liverpool by former team-mate Naby Keita and Sadio Mane.

The 22-year-old is highly-rated in German football and has been strongly linked with a switch to Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.

Werner’s contract at Leipzig will expire in June 2020 with chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff announcing in January he may have to sell the forward if a renewal is not agreed on.

Now Keita, who played alongside Werner at Leipzig for two years before he left for Liverpool in a £48m deal last summer, would love to welcome him to Anfield.

“We played really well together at Leipzig and he was one of my best mates,” Keita told Bild.

“It’s clear, should he move, then I ask Timo to join us here at Liverpool.”

Mane, who himself plays as a forward at Liverpool, has seen Werner in action for Leipzig frequently and would welcome the chance at playing alongside the Germany international.

“I’d advise him to join Liverpool,” said Mane.

“I like his style of play. Very forceful, good finisher, always giving it 100 per cent. If he wants to join us, we’d welcome him to our team,” he added.

“When it was clear that Naby would join us, I often watched Leipzig matches.

“But, to be honest, it was dreadful for me at the start. Naby saw quite a few red cards. I then asked Kevin Kampl, my friend from our time at RB Salzburg, why Naby always got sent off. He didn’t know.

“Naby missed some important games and I could watch other players more closely. And Timo stood out.”

The Senegal international has been starring in the Premier League since 2014 after completing an £11.8m transfer from RB Salzburg in 2014.

The 26-year-old has since gone on to register 56 goals and 25 assists 147 English top-flight games and currently stars alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the Liverpool attack.

But things could have turned out differently for Mane upon receiving interest from Bayern Munich in 2014, who were then coached by current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, following a friendly with Salzburg.

Mane added: “In January 2014, we had a friendly match against Bayern in Salzburg.

“The coach then was still Pep Guardiola and we surprised him with our way of playing.

“My advisor Bjorn Bezemer later informed me there was contact with Bayern after this match, but they did not really interest me.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on August 12, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)