RB Leipzig striker, Timo Werner scored his 26th goal of the season to put RB Leipzig in pole position for a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in the last 16 first leg on Wednesday.
The German club striker Timo Werner has said he is ‘very proud’ to be linked with Liverpool adding to speculation he could join this summer.
“Liverpool are the best team in the world at the moment, and when you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud,” the 23-year-old told Viasport.
Despite his phenomenal season, the forward is remaining humble and admitted he has to improve to get into Liverpool’s side.
“It’s a pleasure but I know Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself and to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”
Tottenham Hotspurs are facing an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals after they suffered a 1-0 loss to RB Leipzig in the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Timo Werner scored from the penalty spot in the 58th minute after Ben Davies had fouled Konrad Laimer, but the final score could have been far worse for Jose Mourinho’s side had the visitors converted a string of early chances.
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RB Leipzig were totally dominant in the first half, pinning the hosts back and carving them open repeatedly, only to be thwarted by a combination of their own wasteful finishing and Hugo Lloris’s sharp reflexes. Spurs were pegged back right from the start, with Patrick Schick firing Leipzig’s first effort wide after only 30 seconds. Less than two minutes after that, Davinson Sanchez blocked a Werner effort into the path of on-loan Manchester City defender Angelino, whose diagonal effort bounced onto the post off Hugo Lloris.
It was a lucky escape for Spurs, and Lloris then pulled off another fine save to deny Werner from close-range, albeit before the Leipzig striker was flagged for offside. But Leipzig were immediately on the front foot again, with Schick drilling another low effort straight at Lloris before sending a header narrowly wide from a corner.
Timo Werner was next to go close as the slick visitors continued to pin Spurs back and dominate possession, but he could not quite connect with Angelino’s low cross and soon after that, he was denied by Hugo Lloris again when he was left unmarked on the left-hand side of the Spurs box.
But it did not take long for Leipzig to make the breakthrough their dominance deserved. Davis’s foul on Laimer was clumsy and Werner made no mistake with the penalty, slamming a low effort to Lloris’s right.
Tottenham were indebted to the French shot-stopper, Lloris for making another fine save from Schick soon after that, and they were unable to make their late pressure count at the other end of the pitch. But time soon ran out for Jose Mourinho managed side, who will go to the Red Bull Arena on March 10 needing a much-improved performance if they are to claim a place in the last eight of the competition.