Diogo Jota is making Liverpool’s Timo Werner decision look inspired. The Reds reportedly passed on the chance to sign the German striker.
Chelsea signed Timo Werner for around £48m this summer. He’s a player Liverpool supposedly wanted, though. We all remember the back-and-forth before the summer. Would the Reds splash the cash to sign Werner?
It’s something that went on for quite some time before Liverpool reportedly decided against the deal. They couldn’t justify the spend at that time and left the player to go to Chelsea.
Given Werner’s talent, that was a gutting decision, in truth. But right now, it’s one that looks inspired.
Wait and see
The economic situation back then wasn’t what it is now. Things still aren’t great, of course, but no one really knew what to expect back in April. No wonder, then, that Liverpool didn’t want to take a £48m risk.
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Instead, they waited to see what would happen. And as it turned out, they could justify a similar deal by the time September rolled around.
They paid Wolves £41m to sign Diogo Jota, a clear alternative to Werner. Both are hard-working forwards and both are at similar ages (23 and 24).
But right now, we can’t help but think Liverpool got the better player for them. Jota is more of a winger than a forward, which helps him naturally fit into the team, for one.
He can cover the left flank and, as we saw against Sheffield United, the right, too. While Werner could do that, he’s naturally a centre-forward and a very different type to Roberto Firmino. Werner leads the line as the main goalscorer, while Firmino is more of a playmaker, leaving the goalscoring to Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
So there was no natural position for Werner, without changing things fairly drastically. But with Jota, Liverpool got a forward who ticks all their boxes and seamlessly fits into the side.
And he’s started fantastically, too. The fact he’s already broken into the XI is exciting as it is, while his age suggests he’ll go on to become a wonderful player.
Yes, getting Werner would have been in exciting, but in Jota, Liverpool proved they were right to wait.