Liverpool and Chelsea have been heavily linked with a summer move for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, with Liverpool reportedly leading the race for the German striker.

However, Werner has a release clause of about £51 million that has to be triggered by the end of April.

According to Daily Mail, Liverpool have now given Chelsea a huge boost in the race for Werner after deciding to put all contract talks and recruitment plans on hold due to the ongoing uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic.

With no indication as to what will happen with the summer transfer window and the ongoing insecurities, Liverpool are not actively working on any deals to bolster and refresh their squad – and will only resume once there is clarity.