Timo Werner comments on reports linking him with Liverpool

Timo Werner of Leipzig celebrates with team mates after scoring the 1-0 lead from the penalty spot

Timo Werner's penalty for Leipzig settled the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium clash midweek, with the home side struggling to make an impression against the visiting defence until the closing stages.

"I know that Liverpool is the best team at the moment in the world", Werner told Norwegian TV channel Viasport.

When it was suggested to him that the "real Spurs" showed up in the closing stages of the match, Mourinho was triggered and said: "What do you mean, the real Spurs?"

"Don't tell me Lamela and Ndombele could have started the game, they couldn't have started the game".

The injury left Mourinho short of an out-and-out striker heading into the last-16 clash against Leipzig. "The result is open", Mourinho insisted. We wouldn't be first team to lose 1-0 at home and to win the tie away.

"It's a pleasure but I know that Liverpool have a lot of good players and I have to improve myself, to learn much more things to get on this level to play there".

Hans Hateboer got the Serie A outfit off to the ideal start by opening the scoring after 16 minutes with his first goal of the campaign. We have to play in two days again. "You could see Lucas [Moura], absolutely dead; [Steven] Bergwijn, absolutely dead; [Giovani] Lo Celso, dead".

"Lucas and [Steven] Bergwijn, what you saw in the end were two very exhausted players. Okay, I'm not going to answer you because I don't like your question", he said before bemoaning his extensive injury list. Another perspective is that that's our situation.

Werner has already surpassed the number of goals he managed across all competitions in the whole of last season by seven, having played five fewer matches - he also 10 assists.

Mourinho is clearly staggered his players have a 12:30 GMT kick-off against his former club Chelsea on Saturday. "If he plays two or three games then it's because he (Spurs' press officer) is very optimistic, but I'm not counting on him".

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