Timo Werner recently opened up about rejecting Liverpool, saying it’s the ‘best decision’ he could have made. He’s right, too but he could still regret it.
Werner joined Chelsea in the summer for around £48m – a substantial fee in a transfer window like this. That article there has an interesting line in it, too. Werner joined Chelsea after Liverpool decided not to go for the player.
Liverpool felt he was too expensive right now but the player didn’t want to wait. He decided to move to Stamford Bridge and forced the Reds to move on. And now he’s broken his silence, somewhat, on that.
“When I decided to leave Leipzig, I talked to different clubs, of course,” Werner said per ESPN. “Next to Chelsea, there were some other clubs I talked to. But for me I don’t want to talk so much about other clubs because at the end I decided for Chelsea.
“There are some other clubs like Liverpool, they have a great team and maybe I could fit good in some other team but in the end I decided for Chelsea because it was the best decision I could take, not only because of the style of football but also what they have shown me.”
It’s quite telling, then, that the only club he name-drops is Liverpool.
The best decision
Werner says joining Chelsea was the ‘best decision’ for him – and he’s right. While we think he only really rejected future move to Liverpool, he did decide to end all chances of him going there by choosing Chelsea.
It’s difficult to disagree with him. For one, Liverpool may have never gone back in. We think they might of, although that’s purely speculation on our part.
But there was no guarantee. And on top of that, there was no guarantee that Werner would even play at Anfield.
Liverpool have the best front-three in the world, after all, not necessarily in terms of individual talent but as an attacking unit. It’s difficult to disrupt that, even for someone as good as Werner.
Would he have been a regular this season? We’re not sure on that – he may have come off the bench quite a bit. And so right now, Werner did make the best decision he could have made for his immediate future.
Long-term, however, we think he may regret not waiting.
Liverpool’s front-three are all 28. They’ll be 30 before we know it and a 24-year-old learning the ropes would have been ideal right now. No, Werner wouldn’t get the first-team football he wants right now. Yes, an understudy role may have hurt his reputation a bit.
But he would have been in an ideal position to take over as the attacking star of the side. He’s a player we wanted, after all.
That’s an incredible position to be in, too. We’ve seen how Jurgen Klopp and co. have developed the current batch into bonafide superstars. He could have done that very easily with a player as talented as Werner.
Compare that to Chelsea. How many attacking stars have they developed recently? We can only really say Eden Hazard, and they signed him back in 2012. Other than him, they either signed ready-made attackers like Diego Costa or had players who were great but not elite like Willian.
Werner will have to buck a trend, then, if he wants to become one of the best around. If Werner had waited for Liverpool, however, he could have simply been next in line for superstardom.