JURGEN KLOPP bluntly responded to Timo Werner’s move to Chelsea ahead of Liverpool’s return to action, simply asking: “Why should I speak about it?”
The Reds had appeared to be leading the race to sign the RB Leipzig star this summer.
But Chelsea stole Werner, 24, away from Klopp – who had been full of praise for the striker in the run up to the deal, even video calling him.
Werner instead headed to West London in a £53million move, worth £170,000 a week – with Liverpool said to have pulled out of a move purely on financial grounds.
And Kop boss Klopp was in no mood to talk about it, frostily shutting down transfer questions ahead of the Merseyside derby.
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When asked about Werner heading to Chelsea, Klopp bluntly replied: “That’s really funny…
“We don’t speak about transfers we potentially do and now I would speak about a transfer of Chelsea.
“Funny. Why should I do that? [I have] absolutely nothing to say about it.
“Timo Werner is a really good football player and now he plays for Chelsea next season. That’s it.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, naturally, was more in the mood to talk about Werner – as he beamed about his latest signing, who’s scored 32 goals in all competitions for Leipzig this season.
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Ahead of the Blues’ trip to Aston Villa, Lampard said: “Timo’s talent, humility and work ethic is one thing that stood out when I talked to him.
“I think he is clearly a player we liked. I have certainly followed him for a while just as a talented player before I took this job.
“He will strengthen us, he is a huge talent who had a fantastic season.”