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With Chelsea set to sign Timo Werner after triggering the release clause of the RB Leipzig striker, many have been reacting to the news with different kinds of responses.
Many Liverpool legends and ex players have been disgruntled that Werner won’t be joining their club and have gone on to play down the significance of Werner in the Reds team.
However, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has admitted his regret that Werner won’t be joining their club as he stated that the German goalscorer would have played a good role in the team next season.
“Without the pandemic, I’m sure Liverpool would have signed Werner,” said Carragher. “Everyone knows that Liverpool’s front three are as good as anything in the world right now, but Werner would have played a lot of games next season.
“There were suggestions that he was unsure over a move to Liverpool because he might not play every week, but look at what is coming up next season and it highlights why it would have been very difficult for Klopp to convince him to come and assure him that he would play a lot of matches.
“There was due to be an Olympics this summer and Mo Salah was due to play in that, which would have meant he missed the start of next season.
“After that, Salah and Mane are due to play in the African Cup of Nations next February, which means Liverpool will need back-up players to play for long periods. That is before you throw in squad rotation and injuries.
“So there would have been opportunities for Timo Werner to play in the first team in a regular basis. He could have started 10 or 12 games guaranteed and you are talking about 25 or 30 games overall with everything I have mentioned.
“With the Olympics not happening this summer, doubts over whether the African Cup of Nations will go ahead and the financial hit Liverpool have taken due to the pandemic, the decision was made not to sign Werner, but I would like to have seen them push through with the deal. It clearly looked like the player wanted to come to Liverpool.”