Steve Nicol is suspicious of Timo Werner agreeing to join Liverpool instead of Chelsea, saying that the Blues stealing a march could be down to the player himself rather than the Reds’ financial worries as has been reported elsewhere.
The Anfield outfit seemed to be within touching distance of signing the 24-year-old, with Jurgen Klopp reportedly even having spoken to the RB Leipzig forward in a virtual meeting (BT Sport via The Daily Express). However, the Blues agreed a deal with the German outfit on Thursday and it has been reported that Klopp spoke to Werner to explain that Liverpool’s decision not to make a move was for financial rather than footballing reasons.
Speaking to ESPN, Nicol had his own opinion on the news, saying:
“I think it is (a mistake), yes. Regardless of how good you are, you have to make sure you stay where you are at the very least.
“That means you need competition for places.
“No question, Werner would have given the front three – as great as they are and have been – it would have kept them on their toes.
“The front three of Liverpool can now breathe a little easier.
“I think Liverpool have slipped up here.
“Saying that, I wouldn’t be surprised if Werner had something to do with this.
“At the end of the day, if you want to go somewhere you can make it happen. It looks to me like Werner has changed his mind.”
Werner is one of the most exciting attacking players in Europe. With 31 goals in all competitions this term, and 41 in his last 59 Bundesliga matches, there are very few who can match that level of clinical finishing.
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It is a good point from Nicol – if Werner was that desperate to join Liverpool specifically, there is probably more he could have done to seal the move. Hopefully, the Reds’ near miss will not come back to haunt them.
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