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NO HUGS PLEASE: Leipzig’s Timo Werner (right) celebrates the second goal of his hat-trick with teammate Kevin Kampl. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

NO HUGS PLEASE: Leipzig’s Timo Werner (right) celebrates the second goal of his hat-trick with teammate Kevin Kampl. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

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NO HUGS PLEASE: Leipzig’s Timo Werner (right) celebrates the second goal of his hat-trick with teammate Kevin Kampl. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Timo Werner is the ideal player to keep Liverpool on top of the Premier league pile next season. The hat-trick Europe's deadliest young striker scored in RB Leipzig's 5-0 win over Mainz yesterday brought his goals total to 24 in 27 Bundesliga games.

But one extremely telling moment in Werner's performance didn't even involve him kicking the ball. In the 70th minute with Leipzig already 4-0 up, manager Julian Nagelsmann brought on striker Ademola Lookman.

Werner's anxious glances at the bench expressed an obvious worry that he might not get the chance to complete his hat-trick after two narrow misses in the previous three minutes. But Nagelsmann withdrew midfielder Christopher Nkunku instead.