Timo Werner has hinted that he would not have been a good fit at Liverpool when he explained moving to Chelsea rather than “one of the best in the world”.
Werner became one of the most sought after talents in European football when it turned out he wanted to leave RB Leipzig in the summer.
Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of the German international, but Liverpool consider the striker’s release clause of £ 47.6 million to be too expensive given the economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead of waiting for the situation to settle down, Werner instead accepted an offer to join Chelsea, who saw him leave Leipzig before resuming their Champions League campaign in August.
And Werner has now hinted that he might not be fit for Liverpool, where he would have looked to remove one of the established from the line Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
“When I decided to leave Leipzig, I spoke to various clubs, apart from Chelsea,”
“I do not want to talk too much about other clubs, because in the end I decided to join Chelsea. There are other clubs that, like Chelsea, have a good team.
“Maybe I can not fit in well with some other teams, but I joined Chelsea because it was the best decision I could make, not only because of football style, but because of what they have shown me.
“Yes, it was a tough decision in the end. But I am very excited, proud and happy to be at Chelsea.
“When I see it now after a month and a half, it feels right. We can do very well with this team for the next few weeks and the next few years.”
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Werner will face his former suitors on Sunday when Liverpool take the trip to Stamford Bridge.
The teams met in late July, where the Reds won an eight-goal thriller 5-3 in the evening, they lifted their first championship in 30 years.
And Werner acknowledges that Klopp’s men are the team to beat, while admitting that Virgil van Dijk is not the only defender he expects a bigger fight.
“I’m looking forward to the game,” he said. “There are many good teams, but Liverpool are one of the best in the world.
“They won the league last year, they have the same team as last year and will be as strong as last year.
“It will be a really good challenge for us to test how far we have come. We have not had a good pre-season because many players were on holiday and others can not train due to travel (quarantine).
“It went well in the last game (a 3-1 win over Brighton) and we will improve.”
Werner added: “Liverpool have good players. It’s not just Virgil van Dijk – all defenders are very good. They conceded the fewest goals in the league last season.
“It’s a great team. In every position they have good players. But we also have good players and the quality to beat them.
“It will be an interesting game because they have had a normal pre-season and we have not. It will be better for them. But everyone is suitable for us.”