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Not long ago when Liverpool were believed to be favourites to sign RB Leipzig’s striker Timo Werner, there were lots of hype surrounding the in-form German forward. However, since Chelsea moved to hijack the deal, ex Liverpool players have now moved to downplay.
First, it was John Barnes who said Liverpool would have signed Werner, if Jurgen Klopp really needed him.
And now, former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has said he doesn’t see the fuss in Werner, and that the 24-year-old cannot break into the Liverpool first team.
“I’ve heard the noise surrounding Timo Werner in recent weeks – but I’m not a big fan,” the former Reds and England striker told Mirror Sport.
“I realise he’s a talented player, he has moments of real brilliance in matches that underline his quality.
“But I stand by this: is Werner up to the standard of Liverpool’s current front three? Not for me.
“And, obviously, my opinion will be put to the test next season if he does complete a move to Chelsea.”
Fowler added: “I’ve also seen the meltdown from some Liverpool fans when they realised he’s probably not leaving RB Leipzig for Anfield after all.
“It makes it seem as though he’s a Marco van Basten, a world-class player who would walk into any side.
“For the life of me, I don’t know why. I’ve watched him a fair few times and there are things about his game I like and admire.
“But does he influence games consistently enough? Not for me. Does he match up to the players you are signing him to challenge and replace? Not at Liverpool. Maybe at Chelsea.
“So I stand by my analysis. I’m not sure the fuss is worth it about Werner. I’m not sure he’s a Liverpool player.”