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On Thursday night, reports emerged that RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner had agreed a deal to join Chelsea next season after the Blues triggered his £49 million release clause.
Chelsea have reportedly offered the 24 year old striker a £200,000 a week contract which will make him the second highest earner at the club behind Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Meanwhile, it was believed that Liverpool were the favourites for the signature of Werner, but the Reds opted against making the move to sign Werner, despite Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp having had discussions with Werner about a move.
The Liverpool manager has now opened up about the loss of Werner to Chelsea, as he admits that the 24-year-old as well as Chelsea target Kai Havertz are top players.
“There are a lot of good players on this planet,” Klopp told Sky Germany when asked about the pair. “Timo Werner is a great player, Kai Havertz is a great player.
“Right time, opportunity – everything has to come together. Six, seven weeks ago, we didn’t know if we could play again this year.
“If we hadn’t played the second half of the season, we would have thought, ‘OK, when can you really play football again?’ And now it starts right away.”
He added: “There are all sorts of rumours in England about who Manchester United are going to pick, Chelsea are going to pick.
“It’s rather quiet here (at Liverpool) at the moment, I think it’s safe to say. If you want to take it seriously and run a normal business and depend on income and have no idea how much you will earn… especially because we don’t know when we can start playing with spectators again.
“At the moment, all clubs are losing money. Without spectators, we have to pay back the season tickets and probably sell none next year. At least maybe without the first 10 or 15 games. The VIP areas won’t be packed and the tickets won’t be sold. This will have an impact on other partners and things will look a bit different.
“Discussing with the players about things like salary waivers and on the other hand buying a player for £50-60m, we have to explain.”