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Hooked at half-time: Timo Werner must rue missed Liverpool chance

Timo Werner must rue his missed chance at a Liverpool move. The German is struggling with current club Chelsea after a big summer transfer.

Timo Werner joined Chelsea for around £45m back in the summer. It has largely been downhill from there.

That’s harsh, actually. Werner started pretty well with the Blues and did enjoy a really solid patch of goal scoring form at one stage.

After the October international break, Werner bagged seven goals and two assists in seven games. Money well spent, then?

Not quite. Outside of that seven-game spell, the German has one goal and three assists.

Things look worse when you read the names Chelsea faced in that spell. Werner’s goals came against Krasnodar, Burnley, Rennes and Sheffield United.

All in big wins, too, where his goals didn’t really deliver points. The only exception is a brace against Southampton that helped deliver a point – but that’s far and away the best Werner has looked.

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He now hasn’t scored since November 7th against the Blades and things hit a new low-point on Saturday.

Werner was awful against Arsenal. So awful that Frank Lampard took him off at half-time.

And you only need to look at the stats to get a picture. Werner had two shots, neither of which hit the target, and recorded a staggeringly low 57 per cent pass completion.

The next lowest in Blue was Edouard Mendy with 71 per cent. And he, of course, is their goalkeeper.

We recently wrote that Werner’s struggles show Liverpool were right not to sign the player. They reportedly wanted him, after all.

But looking at things now, that decision surely haunts Werner.

Happy place

Liverpool and Chelsea are at very different stages. The Reds sit on top of the table, defending their crown.

Chelsea hope to build a squad that can compete with them. Werner was a part of that, supposed to be their new star goalscorer.

Whereas we know why Liverpool wanted Werner as we’re seeing it from Diogo Jota. They wanted someone to supplement their world-class attack.

They wanted a forward who could start and score goals if needed but mainly someone with the versatility to cover their front-line.

We’re talking about two very different ideas, then, and the latter suits Werner far more.

He’s struggling to deliver under the pressure of a team hoping to deliver on investment. Kai Havertz is going through the same thing as a player under pressure.

You can see the pressure, too, as Chelsea didn’t start Havertz and took Werner off. Chelsea will move them to one side if they have to – it’s about success, not development.

The patience at Liverpool would have helped Werner, though. He’d have the freedom to consistently play poorly, in fact, as the Reds waited.

They have their usual front-three to fall back on, after all.

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We can’t help but watch Werner now and feel that would suit him. Time, patience, and a place without pressure.

Many players likely rue that Liverpool didn’t eventually go for them. But Werner may rue it most of all.

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