Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Jurgen Klopp decided against a move for Chelsea-bound Timo Werner because he was worried the Germany would upset the ‘harmony’ of his squad.
Liverpool had been the favourites to sign Werner and the RB Leipzig forward had made no secret of his desire to work with Jurgen Klopp, calling the former Dortmund coach the ‘best manager in the world’.
However, Chelsea pounced on the uncertainty earlier this month by activating a £53m release clause in Werner’s contract and the German will join the club next month.
Klopp claimed before the deal was completed that Liverpool couldn’t justify spending such an amount on a player at a time when the Reds are making cuts to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
But Barnes believes there was more to Liverpool’s decision and the Liverpool legend says Werner’s arrival threatened to upset the balance at Anfield because he would not have been a guarantee starter in a team with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
‘You see Manchester City make eight changes and continue to play the type of football that they do and win matches,’ Barnes told Premier League Productions.
‘I think we need our best I’d say 13 players. You saw against Everton without our two main players and then you saw the performance when they were back against Crystal Palace. If we can keep our best 11 or 12 then I think we can maintain that but of course in football that doesn’t always happen.
‘I think Jurgen Klopp is loathed to make lots of signings because he likes the harmony of the group.
‘For example Timo Werner. Timo Werner coming without a guarantee of playing every week because he’d have to be in one of the front three positions. Would he be happy to sit on the bench and come on now and again like Origi or Minamino is?
‘Would he [Klopp] upset the harmony in the group by getting superstars in? I don’t think you need world class players in every position. You can bring in Origi, you saw Curtis Jones coming on. I think he trusts the job enough to bring in that if he has to bring one or two in for a couple of games he can do that.’Follow us: