Liverpool target Timo Werner bags hat-trick as RB Leipzig thrash Mainz

Timo Werner was back to his best form on Sunday as he scored a hat-trick to help RB Leipzig thrash Mainz 5-0 away from home.

The German striker has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool this summer, and he did his chances of a switch to Anfield no harm on Sunday afternoon with a sensational performance.

It took the 24-year-old just 11 minutes to open the scoring after he converted from Konrad Laimer’s fine cutback at the near post.

Further strikes from Yussuf Poulsen and Marcel Sabitzer effectively ended the game as a contest before half-time, and Werner doubled his tally just three minutes into the second period as he slammed home from Kevin Kampl’s pass.

Timo Werner celebrates scoring his second goal with Kevin Kampl

And he completed his hat-trick on the 75 minute mark after latching onto Poulsen’s free-kick and lobbing Florian Muller in the Mainz goal.

Werner’s trio takes his tally to a mightily impressive 24 goals in 27 Bundesliga appearances this season, and if the likes of Jurgen Klopp and co were watching they will not have failed to be wowed by his finishing ability and general all-round play.

It is not yet clear how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the Reds’ financial strength, but it is believed that Werner has a release clause of £50m, a fee the club were reportedly willing to pay before the virus struck.

Werner was in a relentless mood against Mainz

Werner himself has also admitted he is open to the idea of joining Liverpool, saying in February: “You have there the best coach in the world with Jurgen Klopp. There are many things that would suggest that my style of play might be a good fit, but I’m not worried about it because we have so much to do with Leipzig.”

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Leipzig are now seven points behind league leaders Bayern Munich, and are next in action when they host Hertha Berlin on Wednesday.



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