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Liverpool were believed to be favourites to sign RB Leipzig star Timo Werner, and the German had even publicly admitted that he fancied a move to Liverpool.
However, Chelsea jumped protocols as the Blues moved to trigger the £49 million release clause in Timo Werner’s contract at RB Leipzig that runs until the summer of 2023.
Just last month, Liverpool legend John Barnes dismissed any suggestions Werner would sign up for Chelsea ahead of Liverpool.
He said: “When you’re a top club, European champions and about to win the league, why would you want to go to Chelsea or Manchester United over Liverpool?
“Manchester United were in that position a few years ago where players would rather go to Manchester United than Liverpool, Chelsea were in that position when Mourinho was there.
“Liverpool is in a healthy position so they don’t have to scrape the barrel anymore or try and get a move on, because other clubs are interested because they are now a club that everyone wants to play for.
“They want players that want to play for Liverpool. I’m sure a lot of people were after Van Dijk, but he wanted to come to Liverpool.
“If they don’t get a move on and Manchester City or Arsenal or whoever else, Chelsea, come in for him and he decides to go there, that’s not the sort of player you want anyway, because he’ll just go where they’re going to pay him more money or he wasn’t that committed to wanting to come to play for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
“I don’t think they have to get a move on, they didn’t get a move on with Van Dijk or Alisson and a lot of people wanted them to, it’s because they wanted to come.
“This is a test to see if he really wants to come and play for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.”
It is believed that Chelsea have offered a £200,000-a-week contract to Werner, in a move to beat Liverpool to the signing of the highly-rated striker.