Jermaine Jenas suggested on BT Sport 1 (9:43pm, February 21, 2021) that Chelsea forward Timo Werner could have made a difference for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, who now works as a pundit for BT Sports, admitted that Werner has not been exactly great for Chelsea in the Premier League this season.
However, Jenas added that under manager Klopp, the 24-year-old Germany international striker could have made a difference at Liverpool.
Werner joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2020 for a transfer fee reported by Sky Sports to be worth €50 million (£43.22 million).
Sky Sports reported that Liverpool were also interested in the 24-year-old, who even held talks with manager Klopp over the phone.
According to WhoScored, Werner has made 21 starts and three substitute appearances in the Premier League for Chelsea so far this season, scoring five goals and providing five assists in the process.
Jenas said on BT Sport 1 (9:43pm, February 21, 2021): “There was talk of Timo Werner going to Liverpool at one point, wasn’t there?
“I know maybe he has not exactly caught fire at Chelsea, but under a different manager, different circumstances maybe that might have been a good one to get over the line.”
Timo Werner to Liverpool was unlikely
Liverpool have a very good front-three in Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
True, Werner is a very good attacking player who can play centrally and as a wide striker, but it would have been hard for him to play ahead of Salah, Firmino or Mane.
Would the 24-year-old have joined the defending Liverpool champions knowing that he would not be guaranteed a place in the starting lineup?