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Liverpool legend Phil Thompson slams club’s decision not to sign Timo Werner

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Liverpool legend Phil Thompson believes his former club have made a mistake by allowing top target Timo Werner to join Chelsea this summer.

The RB Leipzig striker had been expected to move to Anfield after holding talks with Jurgen Klopp, but the Reds were unwilling to meet his £53million clause.

That allowed Chelsea to swoop in and earlier this month they agreed a five-year contract worth £180,000 a week with the Germany international.

But while some pundits have defended Liverpool’s decision to pull out a deal, Thompson thinks the Premier League leaders could regret not strengthening.

‘I think you should always try and improve,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘When you’re on the up, when you’re playing well, that is when you should look to back it up.

‘I would have loved to have seen him come but Liverpool have not done that, they’re looking at it and it’s probably costing too much.

‘Timo Werner will be going “maybe I might not get in there” and maybe [Jurgen] Klopp is thinking “we can’t afford to have somebody for that price just sitting on the bench”.’

Jurgen Klopp’s men are potentially just one win away from winning their first title in 30 years and find themselves 15 points clear of champions Manchester City.

And Thompson thinks now is the perfect time for his old club to drive home their advantage by adding quality to Klopp’s squad.

‘He’ll [Werner] be alright for three or four years and I would have taken that risk.

‘If he wanted to come I think you have to improve your team when you’re on top and he would have improved us.’

Jamie Carragher expressed a similar view on Werner last week, suggesting that the striker would have still played a key role next season even though Liverpool boast one of the division’s most deadly attack.

‘Without the pandemic, I’m sure Liverpool would have signed Werner,’ Carragher told Goal.

‘Everyone knows that Liverpool’s front three are as good as anything in the world right now, but Werner would have played a lot of games next season.’

‘There would have been opportunities for Timo Werner to play in the first team on a regular basis. He could have started 10 or 12 games guaranteed and you are talking about 25 or 30 games overall.’

Reported by: Vincent Paul

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