Liverpool goal Timo Werner struggles as RB Leipzig falters on return from Bundesliga


If Timo Werner arrives in Liverpool next season, he will have to ask his new teammates to show him what a title medal looks like.

Werner’s RB Leipzig failed to increase the pressure on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich when German football was revived on Saturday.

Despite 21 efforts on goal, Julian Nagelsmann’s team needed an equalizer in second half from skipper Yussuf Poulsen to save a point.

Leipzig trailed Bayern by four points before the champions’ trip to Union Berlin – and it looks like only Borussia Dortmund can prevent the Bavarian giants from winning the title for the eighth consecutive season.

Timo Werner had trouble returning

Werner, 24, has shown some elegant touches as speculation continues to grow that Jurgen Klopp will pay £ 52 million to bring the kebab-loving striker to Anfield.

But he seems to have forgotten where the bottom of the net is.

Even before the lockdown, Werner had played three games without adding to his total of 27 goals for the season.

He had a shot from afar intelligently saved by Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Schwlow after covering half the length of the field with impressive speed.

And Schwlow denied it again, this time with his legs, just before Poulsen’s leveler. At least the home team was not booed at the final whistle.

The old Leipzig Zentralstadion was home to crowds of more than 100,000 – but there were only a few hundred players, officials and media personnel inside the redeveloped stadium.

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Substitutes, wearing protective masks, practiced social distance on the bench. But old habits die hard.

Players on both sides kept spitting – and when Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku committed an early foul, his initial reaction was to shake hands with him.

Premier League bosses will have taken note as they contemplate resuming the season in England to give Liverpool the chance to clinch the title it deserves.

The home team spent most of the afternoon in half of Freiburg. After 34 minutes, they also continued the match. Konrad Laimer, Nkunku, Werner and Kevin Kampl all threatened for Leipzig.

Then, against the end of the game, Vincenzo Grifo’s corner found Manuel Gulde arriving at the near post and the central rear spoke of a smart finish with his heel.

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It was his first goal of this extended season – but the only celebration was a flurry of elbow bumps.

Nagelsmann sent ex Everton winger Ademola Lookman at halftime – and ended the game with four forwards on the field as his desperation grew.

Lookman missed a glorious opportunity by deviating widely by five meters. His next effort saw him flatten the only person behind Schwlow’s goal – an unsuspecting cameraman who took a bad blow to the side of the head.

But just as it looked like Leipzig’s seven-game unbeaten streak was about to end, Poulsen rose to the far post to meet Kampl’s center with an emphatic header.

With 13 minutes to go, it looked like the team that had ambushed Tottenham in the Champions League would claim three points.

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But substitute Patrik Schick failed to touch a tantalizing cross from Manchester City’s back wing Angelino.

Freiburg had scored twice in injury time to beat Leipzig earlier in the season.

And they thought they had attacked them again when Robin Koch pushed Lucas Holer’s replacement.

The home team was spared when the reruns proved that Holer was a bit offside. Football is back – just like VAR.


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