Jurgen Klopp told why Liverpool were right to sign Diogo Jota over Chelsea’s Timo Werner
Liverpool have been proven right to sign Diogo Jota over Timo Werner, according to Reds legend John Barnes. Werner was long linked with a move to Liverpool before signing for Chelsea in the summer transfer window. The former RB Leipzig forward had previously stated his desire to play for Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp.
But Liverpool were not able to guarantee a starting spot for Werner ahead of their front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
After Chelsea signed Werner, Liverpool turned their attention to Jota and signed the Portugal star for an initial £41million from Wolves.
Jota has scored nine goals in 14 appearances for his new club, despite only starting eight of those matches.
Werner, meanwhile, has eight goals in 15 games for Chelsea.
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Barnes believes Werner would have been a top player for Liverpool but says Jota is more willing to not be a guaranteed starter under Klopp.
“Timo Werner is doing well and I’m sure he could have fit into what Liverpool wanted, but Liverpool want a player that wants to come to them,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets.co.uk.
“From the financial point of view, they would have paid the £48m that Chelsea have for Werner without a problem, but maybe Werner wanted to guarantee that he was going to play in every single week, which he does at Chelsea and he may not necessarily have got that at Liverpool, just as Jota hasn’t.
“From Werner’s point of view, he would not have been guaranteed a starting place at Liverpool.
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“Perhaps it’s a decision he made and one Liverpool made in terms of wanting the player that would be happy to be a part of a squad as Jota is.
“Jota is playing well not just because he’s a really good player, but because he’s happy to not play every game and he’s got the right attitude.
“What Klopp does with all the players is he looks at a player that can fit into what he wants and he knew Jota could do what he wanted.
“I’m sure Werner could have done the same, so like with a lot of players at Liverpool I don’t think they’re improving, I think they’re at a club that suits their style perfectly and the way Liverpool play perfectly suits Jota.”
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