Could World Cup prizes hinder Liverpool's chances of landing Timo Werner?

(L-R) Germany's defender Jonas Hector, Germany's forward Thomas Mueller and Germany's striker Timo Werner react following the 2-0 during the international friendly football match between...

Liverpool are reportedly keen on RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, but could a great World Cup campaign hinder their chances?

Brazilian former ace footballer Ronaldo (L) and Argentinian former football ace Diego Maradona share a light moment as Germany's forward Timo Werner receives the Golden Boot award after...

Various reports have linked Liverpool with RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner ahead of the summer transfer window, with the Reds' lack of quality depth in the striking department likely to force manager Jurgen Klopp's hands.

The Germany international striker is also said to be attracting Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, and his performances at the World Cup could limit Liverpool's chances.

Werner is one of the favourites to land the Golden Boot at the tournament, while the Germans have also been widely tipped to successfully defend their title.

Should either or both eventually happen, the value of the 22-year-old will automatically skyrocket, and a bigger side like Madrid or Barcelona will most likely firm up interest, leaving Liverpool with a very slim chance.

Leipzig´s forward Timo Werner celebrates scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match between RB Leipzig and VfL Wolfsburg in Leipzig, eastern Germany on May 5, 2018....

Germany are in Group F of the World Cup alongside Mexico, South Korea and Sweden and, having had a perfect dress rehearsal last year by winning the Confederations Cup, the four-time winners are set to go all the way having made it to the last four semi-finals.

Werner won the Confederations Cup Golden Boot with three goals and two assists, and had another successful campaign with the Bundesliga side, registering 21 goals and nine assists across all competitions.

Both player and country are in the right frame of mind to win big heading to Russia and, while it further underlines the striker's quality, it could be harming Liverpool's chances.

Leipzig´s German forward Timo Werner, Leipzig´s English midfielder Ademola Lookman, French forward Jean-Kevin Augustin and French defender Ibrahima Konate celebrates scoring as Wolfsburg´s...

It also remains to be seen if Werner will pip Roberto Firmino to the starting berth at Anfield if he moves, and such a quality finisher will need assurances of a starting XI place before agreeing to a switch.

The odds are firmly stacked against Liverpool in the first place, and a successful individual or team campaign in Russia for Werner will only further complicate things.

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