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Chelsea have triggered RB Leipzig star Timo Werner’s £49million release clause and offered the Germany international a £200,000 a week contract.
Liverpool were closing in on a deal for the 24-year-old striker but pulled out of the deal due to their reluctance to meet his release clause.
Ex-Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler claimed Werner would not have been good enough to move to Liverpool but according to German football expert Jan Aage Fjortoft, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is gutted to have missed out on the signing of Werner.
“I respect Robbie Fowler as a great goal-getter and he will know a good striker when he sees one,” Fjortoft said, as quoted by Daily Express.
“But I don’t think he will have seen enough of Timo Werner. I think the main thing for Liverpool fans is Jurgen Klopp was desperate to get Timo Werner and he couldn’t get him.
“Because of the financial things, coronavirus, loss of income and things, so no I don’t agree with Robbie Fowler at all.
“I agree with the Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, wanted this player and he is not happy that he is on his way to Chelsea.”
Meanwhile, this is what Liverpool legend Fowler said about Werner’s move to Chelsea.
Fowler said: “I’ve heard the noise surrounding Timo Werner in recent weeks – but I’m not a big fan.
“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.
“I’ve 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.”