Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore said Timo Werner is a perfect fit for Chelsea since he would not have a place in Liverpool’s front three.
The 24-year-old was heavily linked with Liverpool, to the point that their manager Jurgen Klopp reportedly contacted the RB Leipzig striker to convince him to join his squad (Forbes).
But recent reports claimed that Werner has agreed to a long-term contract with Chelsea.
Former Liverpool player turned pundit Collymore has had his say on the matter, as he believes some Liverpool fans have been overreacting to Werner’s reported Chelsea transfer.
He wrote for the Mirror: “The deal to take Timo Werner to Chelsea is a perfect arrangement for all concerned.
“He’s a good, solid striker with promise — an all-rounder who holds the ball up well, is mobile, gets into the box and scores goals.
“But the Liverpool fans sobbing about missing out on him can spare me the tears because he’s not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo and the way some have reacted, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was some sort of reincarnation of both.”
Collymore said that while Frank Lampard is building a young team at Chelsea, Liverpool are already a winning team with a balanced front three; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
“I wouldn’t have seen him displacing any of them and, given everything that team has done together, I could even have seen him flopping,” he added.
The former England international also believes there must have been some reason Klopp would not have hesitated on paying the release clause had he seen Werner as “the next Sergio Aguero or Fernando Torres”.
Weirdly, Collymore also backs Werner to score 20, 25 goals if he joins Chelsea next season, which is Aguero and Torres-like numbers.