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Liverpool 'optimistic about completing Timo Werner deal'

Liverpool 'optimistic about Timo Werner deal'
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Liverpool are reportedly still leading the race for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and remain optimistic of signing him despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Liverpool are reportedly still optimistic about completing a deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner when the transfer window reopens, despite the coronavirus pandemic throwing clubs' summer plans into disarray.

The Germany international is understood to be Jurgen Klopp's top transfer target, having enjoyed another prolific campaign which has seen him score 27 goals and create 12 more in just 36 appearances across all competitions.

Werner's current contract at Leipzig contains a release clause in the region of £50m, making him a relatively cheap option compared to forwards with a similar strike rate.

A number of other clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona, have been credited with an interest in the 24-year-old, but The Express reports that Liverpool are still at the front of the queue.

Werner is reportedly happy to move to Anfield despite knowing that he will be in competition for places with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

However, Leipzig's sporting director Markus Krosche recently suggested that Werner could still stay with the Bundesliga outfit due to the knock-on effect of the coronavirus stoppage on clubs' finances.

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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