‘Why should I speak about a transfer for Chelsea?’: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gives short shrift to a question on Timo Werner after the Reds missed out on the £53m RB Leipzig striker
- Jurgen Klopp was less than impressed when asked about Timo Werner on Friday
- The German looked likely to join Liverpool before Chelsea swooped in instead
- The coronavirus pandemic has forced the Reds to rethink their transfer strategy
- Werner sealed a £53m move from Leipzig this week, worth £170,000-per-week
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp quickly dismissed any talk of Timo Werner joining Chelsea in his pre-match press conference on Friday, insisting he had ‘absolutely nothing to say about it’.
The Reds were in pole position to land the highly-regarded German striker this summer with Werner’s preferred destination Anfield and Klopp even reportedly having had a video call with the RB Leipzig star.
But the coronavirus pandemic has forced Liverpool to rethink their transfer plans and, after making it clear to Werner that they would not be following up on initial interest, Chelsea swooped in to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
Jurgen Klopp quickly dismissed talk of Liverpool’s unsuccessful pursuit of striker Timo Werner
Werner sealed a £53m move from RB Leipzig to Chelsea this week, worth £170,000-per-week
Werner completed his £53million move from Leipzig on Thursday, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract worth £170,000-per-week.
But when asked about Liverpool’s unsuccessful pursuit of Werner before his side take on Everton on Sunday, Klopp was not in the mood to discuss the inner workings of the deal.
‘That’s really funny’, Klopp responded to a question about Werner.
‘We don’t speak about transfers we potentially do and now I would speak about a transfer of Chelsea. Funny. Why should I do that?
‘Absolutely nothing to say about it. Timo Werner is a really good football player and now he plays for Chelsea next season. That’s it.’
Werner, who will leave RB Leipzig as their all-time leading scorer, has 32 in all competitions so far this season.
Werner scored his 26th Bundesliga goal of the season on Wednesday before sealing move
The 24-year-old paid tribute to Leipzig supporters in a goodbye message on his Instagram
He has two more games left for Leipzig – one against Borussia Dortmund and one against FC Augsburg – and he will then leave the Bundesliga side to join up with his new team-mates.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was much more willing to discuss his new prized asset on Friday, being hugely complimentary of Werner both on and off the pitch.
‘Timo’s talent, humility and work ethic is one thing that stood out when I talked to him,’ Lampard said ahead of his side’s trip to Aston Villa.
‘I think he is clearly a player we liked. I have certainly followed him for a while just as a talented player before I took this job. He will strengthen us, he is a huge talent who had a fantastic season.’
Chelsea, currently fourth ahead of their first game back following a three-month hiatus for the coronavirus pandemic, are preparing to take on struggling Villa.
Liverpool, meanwhile, could have the Premier League title wrapped up by this time next week if they beat Everton on Sunday and Crystal Palace next Wednesday.
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