Jamie Carragher on the role Mohamed Salah and Co played in the collapse of Timo Werner transfer from Liverpool


Jamie Carragher believes Timo Werner, Chelsea’s target for 50 million euros, was destined for Liverpool before the coronavirus struck.The former Kop star believes the RB Leipzig striker was linked with Anfield until the pandemic gave Jurgen Klopp the chance to give star strikers Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane a break.

With the Africa Cup of Nations next January likely to follow the Euro, the Olympic Games and the Copa America being postponed, then Werner’s playing time for the Premier League champions would have been severely limited next season.

Carragher believes this has allowed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard to convince Werner to abandon his ambition to play for Klopp and opt for Stamford Bridge instead.

But the intimidating message of the Sky Sports pundit is that Liverpool’s explosive three-man front will be even more powerful next season.

Timo Werner is about to join Chelsea

Carragher said: “I sincerely believe that if the pandemic had not happened then Timo Werner would have been a Liverpool player.

“I don’t think it was about money. There will be no Olympic tournament, African Cup of Nations or Copa America.

“I Werner had signed for Liverpool, he wouldn’t have been the first choice because the top three is what he is.

“He would have brought the versatility that I think Liverpool are lacking because he can play wide or through the middle.

“‘Always thought Liverpool needed better quality as a back-up, even though Divock Origi is a legend for the important goals he scored.

Jurgen Klopp was keen to bring the striker to Liverpool but missed

“To spend 50 million euros for someone who would not be a first choice is a big decision.

“If there had been the Olympics and the Africa Cup of Nations next season, Klopp could have guaranteed Werner a lot of games when Salah and Mane were away.

“It probably would have been 25-30 games, but with these tournaments postponed, it would have been harder to convince Werner to sign, because the top three don’t miss a lot of games.”

Salah, Firmino and Mane have developed a devastating partnership under Klopp.

But their international commitments have made it impossible for the Liverpool manager to give them an extended rest.

(L-R) Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are star strikers

Last summer, Mane had only 10 days to recharge its batteries. But Carragher expects the triumvirate to improve again next season.

And he believes Klopp will already be looking to defend the Premier League’s next term, despite still needing six points to clinch the club’s first title in 30 years.

Carragher is tipping over the Liverpool boss to forget to break Manchester City’s record of 100 transport points, so he can get his team in top form to go back to back next year.

He said: “Liverpool are very lucky in that their three fronts are pretty robust.

“There’s not too many games – and they’ve probably just had the longest rest they’ve ever had.

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“Because it has been so long since Liverpool last won the league, it will be all about ending that 30-year wait when the season restarts.

“Three months ago, before Liverpool lost at Watford, he would also have been trying to go through the unbeaten season and break records.

But if I were in Klopp’s position now, I would almost be tempted to think about next season.

“When the title was won, they didn’t have that much to play for.

“Other teams will fight for the top four, to qualify for Europe, or to avoid relegation, but because there is such a quick turnaround for next season, I think once the league is won, then he could use the remaining games to prepare for next year.

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“He won’t have to play his best team every game – and that would allow him to have his best 15 players in full condition for next season and really start quickly.

“Manchester City, their biggest rivals, can still have the Champions League in August and that could have an effect.

“So even if Klopp wants to win the title, I think it will be in his mind to prepare for next season as well. Getting the title won is important – but the same goes for trying to win it again next year. »

The Premier League returns to Sky Sports with a double-header on 17 June, followed by another 20 matches which will see all 20 teams live on Sky Sports and NOW TV in the first two weeks.

Sky Sports and NOW TV will broadcast 64 games – 39 exclusive to subscribers and 25 more available on Sky’s free’s ‘Pick’ channel.

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