Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp consulted Timo Werner to inform him that the Reds will not be pursuing a deal, reports have claimed. The striker was the club’s top target heading into the summer transfer window before the coronavirus pandemic changed the financial landscape.
Earlier in the year it appeared all roads pointed towards Werner joining Liverpool.
He was willing to speak openly about his excitement at the prospect of working under Jurgen Klopp.
For any German player, there aren’t many better coaches to work under that the Liverpool boss, particularly outside of the Bundesliga.
Klopp was due to meet face-to-face with Werner before lockdown but he was still keen to have a chat with the striker.
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Therefore he arranged a virtual meeting which is believed to have happened over Easter.
With the clock ticking on Werner’s £52million release clause – which expires on June 15 – the German international became anxious that Liverpool would not follow up their interest.
He then set them a deadline and beyond that, he would consider other options.
According to The Athletic, Klopp spoke with the Fenway Sports Group to discuss whether the deal would happen.
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The Anfield hierarchy remain adamant they did not have the funds to conclude the deal.
RB Leipzig wanted the full payment and would not accept instalments, which may have offered Liverpool hope.
After speaking to FSG, Klopp then phoned Werner to inform him of the club’s decision.
Liverpool’s stance left the door open for Chelsea to swoop in.
They plotted their move earlier in the week and made the breakthrough yesterday when they agreed to pay his release clause.
Frank Lampard spoke with Werner and ensured him he’d have a starring role in the team.
Chelsea were also prepared to make Werner their highest-paid player.
He has been offered a five-year contract worth £200,000-a-week.
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