Werner has no regrets after choosing Chelsea over Liverpool
As Liverpool and Chelsea prepare for the FA Cup final, Timo Werner has discussed how close he was to joining the Reds in 2020.
Timo Werner insists he has no regrets after choosing Chelsea over Liverpool as the two Premier League clubs prepare for the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp was said to have been a big admirer of Werner when the forward was at Stuttgart and the German was in charge of Borussia Dortmund in 2015.
Klopp subsequently left for Liverpool and was again a frontrunner trying to secure the services of Werner, who came into high demand from Premier League sides after impressing for RB Leipzig in 2020.
However, Chelsea acted the fastest to sign Werner in a £45million deal, beating the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United to the signing, while Liverpool opted for Wolves star Diogo Jota.
The Germany international struggled in his debut Premier League season, scoring six goals in 35 league appearances and converting just over 7.5 percent of chances.
Werner has yet to hit the heights in the league again this campaign, managing just four goals in 21 games, but his performances in recent months have offered Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel encouragement.
No player has had a direct hand in more FA Cup goals this season than Werner (two goals, three assists) and he does not look back with regrets as Chelsea prepare to face Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.
"The only thing I can say is they have a German manager," the 26-year-old said to Standard Sport when asked about the links to Liverpool. "I have known him for many years before because when I was in Stuttgart, he talked about going to Dortmund. Then I played not so well, so it was done.
"When I was in Leipzig, I had the possibility to come to the Premier League. Liverpool were also in my thoughts and were a big possibility for me, but in the end, I decided on Chelsea and I won the Champions League title last year. It was not the worst decision."
Werner also heaped praise on Klopp, who will become just the second Liverpool manager to take charge of the club in the final of four major domestic/European competitions, after Bob Paisley.
"He is one of the best coaches we had in Germany," the striker said of Klopp.
"Not to attack our manager, but over the past years, he won the most titles. He has a very nice personality – a personality that the German people love because he seems like fun.
"The Germans love the types like Thomas Muller, Jurgen Klopp — they have empathy. They say what they think, and that is really important in this business, to not fake something.
"He's real. He is a funny guy and also, with his power on the sideline, he tries to bring the people with him. That's what we Germans like."
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel is set to take charge of his fourth major domestic/European final at Chelsea after being at the helm for just one year and 108 days (on the day of the final).
No manager has appeared in more finals in Chelsea's history (Jose Mourinho also four), and Werner was quick to credit Tuchel, while discussing his own problems in front of goal.
"He is on a level now where, when you say who are the best managers, you have only now Klopp, him and [Pep] Guardiola maybe," he added.
"I think maybe he is [demanding] because a lot of strikers this season have struggled a bit. I had so many disappointing moments when I normally can score.
"I know what I can do, because I did it in the past, maybe 100 times. I think it was a lot also on me, a lot on my head to get the things clear in front of the goal.
"But you have to keep going and that's the thing that I learned over two seasons. It can't always go up.
"The five years before Chelsea, the last year was always going up. I never had so many problems in terms of scoring as I've had in the last year. But in the end, it helps you, it brings you to another level."