TIMO WERNER has paved the way for a summer move to Liverpool by snubbing a move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
The RB Leipzig striker has admitted he wants to play in the Premier League, with the Reds looking to wrap up a £52million deal this summer.
Germany international Werner has a clause in his contract which means he can leave Leipzig for between £44m and £53m.
Werner, 24, has helped the German dark horses into the last eight of the Champions League this season.
They knocked out Spurs in the last round.
Werner told German newspaper Bild: “Bayern are a great club, we don’t need to talk about it, and Hansi Flick has proven this season he is a really good head coach.
“But if a move were to become an issue at some point, I would be more tempted by a move abroad than a move to Bayern.
“It’s just that the challenge of another league would appeal to me a little more than a move within the Bundesliga.
“Of course, it also important that mutual respect is there as much as possible.
“That’s why I chose RB Leipzig at the time, and why I would choose the club for the next step as one where I would get that feeling.”
Werner has scored 27 goals in 34 games for Leipzig this campaign.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants the striker as back-up to Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
He is likely to sell Belgian forward Divock Origi and Swiss Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, so Werner would come straight into his first-team plans.