Timo Werner reveals why he snubbed Liverpool to join Chelsea

Timo Werner opens up on how Frank Lampard persuaded him to join Chelsea.

The German striker scored 34 goals in all competitions in his last season with RB Leipzig.

Liverpool were heavily linked with the 24-year old striker but he eventually joined the Blues for £53million.

But he was tempted to play under Jurgen Klopp before making a switch to the Stamford Bridge.

Werner told The Atheltic: “In another world, it could have happened. If LFC call, you have to listen and think about it. They are one of the best teams on the world, with a super coach – a German coach to boot. Of course you think about that.

“But in the end, my decision went Chelsea’s way. Not because there was anything wrong with Liverpool. But at Chelsea, the whole package was a better fit for me.”

Frank Lampard played a huge part in convincing the German striker to join Chelsea instead of Liverpool.

He added: “He called me and we talked about his idea of football and his idea of how the way the team would look like.

“It all sounded good to me, especially the way he talked to me. It wasn’t like, ‘I’m the coach and I want you. Please come!’ He was very relaxed, asking me how I saw things, how I felt about playing here or there.

“And I was able to voice my opinion as well. He listened. In many aspects, we were in close agreement. He wants to play a pressing game, taking the game to the opposition, with quick transitions but to be good in possession as well.

“He said, ‘Timo, you will be free to make the right moves on the pitch, I trust you.’ It was a very good conversation.”


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