If things had worked out a touch differently this summer, Timo Werner would have ended up at Liverpool instead of Chelsea.
Having decided at the beginning of the year to leave RB Leipzig in search of a new challenge, talks were held between his representatives and the Premier League champions among others.
Jurgen Klopp was very keen but Liverpool withdrew their interest for financial reasons, partially as a result of the pandemic, and the 24-year-old ended up in West London instead, completing a £47.5million deal in mid-June.
Now he is preparing for his Stamford Bridge debut against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, Werner said that Liverpool are one of the best teams in the world but Chelsea was a better personal fit.
“When I decided to leave Leipzig I talked to different clubs and next to Chelsea I spoke to other clubs,” the Germany international said at his first press conference.
“For me, I don’t want to talk too much about other clubs but of course, there are some other clubs like Liverpool that have a great team. Maybe I could fit in other teams but, in the end, I decided Chelsea because it was the best decision I could take. Not only the style of football but because of what they showed me.
“It was a hard decision in the end but I am very excited, proud and happy I decided this. Now I am here for maybe two months, it feels right, good and the team is brilliant. We have some very good but calm and nice players.”
While he dealt well with Brighton & Hove Albion’s physical three-man defence in Monday night’s 3-1 win on the south coast, coming up against Virgil van Dijk represents a different challenge for the Germany international.
It is one that Werner said he is relishing and, collectively, offers a gauge of where Frank Lampard’s new-look team stand after such a short pre-season with so many new faces and quarantine challenges.
“Liverpool are one of the best teams in the world. They won the league last year and have the same…