Jurgen Klopp provides direct response to question about Timo Werner’s transfer to Chelsea

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Jurgen Klopp had direct talks with Timo Werner before his move to Liverpool broke down (Photo: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp believes Chelsea made an excellent signing in the form of Timo Werner, but declined to explain the reasons for the collapse of the German international’s proposed move to Liverpool.

Elected Premier League champions made no secret of their desire to sign striker RB Leipzig, while Klopp himself had talks with the player and described his vision for the 24-year-old who has had a prolific season in the Bundesliga. .

Reports earlier this month claimed that Liverpool were unwilling to spend around £ 50 million on a player who would not necessarily have been an automatic starter, since their front line already possesses the talents of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Chelsea, however, had no such reservations and confirmed Werner’s move to Stamford Bridge on Thursday after the player signed a long-term contract valued at £ 170,000 a week.

At his pre-game press conference before Sunday’s Merseyside derby, Klopp was asked to say what was wrong with his pursuit of Werner, but made a brutal response.

With Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah already at the club, Timo Werner might not have been an automatic starter if he had joined Liverpool
With Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah already at the club, Timo Werner might not have been an automatic starter if he had joined Liverpool (Photo: Getty)

Responding to the question, Klopp said, “It’s not really funny. We are not really talking about the transfers that we potentially make. And now I would talk about the transfer from Chelsea?

‘Funny! Why would I do this? I have nothing to say about it. Timo Werner is a very good football player and yesterday I heard he was announced for Chelsea next season. That’s it.’

Frank Lampard, on the other hand, was more than happy to speak in glowing terms of a player who will add an extra dimension and level of competition to his front line.

He said, “He is clearly a player we love. I have certainly followed him for a long time myself individually simply because he is a talented player.

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“As a club, we opted for him and he will certainly strengthen us, in my opinion. He is very talented, has had a fantastic season this year but before that too.

“Where we couldn’t do as much business in the last two windows for whatever reason, it gave us a chance to see some young people spending more time on the team, but we were very clear about wanting to improve.

“Timo Werner is a signature that will improve us. I’m certainly very excited to see him play for Chelsea and we can’t wait to have him. ”

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