The former 21-time England international, who is now a renowned pundit for BT and BBC Sports, admitted that Werner has struggled to settle into his role at Stamford Bridge following a £45 million [Sky Sports] move from RB Leipzig last summer.
Jenas on Werner
In 24 Premier League appearances this term, Werner has scored just five goals, albeit he does have eight assists to his name, too.
And despite a recent goal-drought at Chelsea, Jenas believes that under Liverpool manager Klopp, the 24-year-old could have been a real difference maker at the home of the English champions.
Speaking on BT Sport, he said “There was talk of Timo Werner going to Liverpool at one point, wasn’t there?
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“I know maybe he has not exactly caught fire at Chelsea, but under a different manager, different circumstances maybe that might have been a good one to get over the line.”
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Indeed, the prospect of talking about a broken-down transfer can be tedious. But, in the case of Werner, there is certainly a sense of what could have been.
There is no questioning that the collective power of Liverpool’s front-three as slightly waned this season. The Reds are without a goal at Anfield in open-play since December 27, after all.
And because of this, there have been talks of Klopp bolstering his attack this summer. This is particularly fascinating given it’s only been a year since Werner was extensiviously linked with a move to Merseyside.
So, let’s ask ourselves – could Werner, who was hailed as a great player by Klopp, per Sky Sports, really have made a difference for Liverpool? In short, of course, he could have.
Still, perhaps the key reason why the German striker is relevant to Liverpool is because of the absence of Diogo Jota.
The Portuguese forward’s unavailability in recent months has seen the goals dry up for exponentially for Klopp.
The key difference between Werner and Jota this season has been durability. The former has missed just one PL match this term, after all, while the latter has missed Liverpool’s previous 17 matches.
With that said, there is every possibility Werner could have hit the ground running had Liverpool pursued a move.
Still, the basis of this debate hinges on mitigating circumstances that are currently against Liverpool – most notably injuries.
The reality, though, is quite different. Jenas is absolutely right, but both Liverpool and Werner have moved on from their reported broken down love-affair last summer.