Liverpool are reportedly preparing a summer bid for RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, and are ahead of their Premier League rivals in the race.

The Reds’ scintillating front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have contributed 68 of the side’s 103 goals so far this season.

Twelve of the remaining 35 were scored by Philippe Coutinho, who has since departed, while Daniel Sturridge also scored three before his January loan to West Brom.

The only other player in Jurgen Klopp‘s squad to score five or more goals so far is Emre Can (six), highlighting the need to add depth to his attacking ranks.

According to the Independent, Werner could be the player Liverpool target in order to do so, and they are said to be “monitoring” the 22-year-old “ahead of a potential move.”

This is far from a concrete claim of intent, but interestingly the report continues to suggest the Reds are “at the front of the queue for his signature.”

Man United are among the other sides touted with a move for Werner, but Klopp “has shown by far the strongest interest,” which could prove key.

However, they concede that “negotiating with Leipzig may be difficult” due to the Naby Keita deal.

And “there is also the concern that Werner has spoken in the past about how United would be his dream move, but Liverpool have so far shown much more willingness to go for the forward.”

Leipzig's Timo Werner celebrates his 1:0 opener during the German Bundesliga soccer mathc between Hertha BSC and RB Leipzig in the Olympia Stadium in Berlin, Germany, 6 May 2017. Photo: Soeren Stache/dpa

It would be negligent to read too much into these claims, notably as

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