John Barnes believes Timo Werner may have ‘caused problems’ at Anfield had he joined Premier League champions Liverpool instead of Chelsea.
Germany striker Werner was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool before agreeing a five-year deal with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. Many Liverpool fans bemoaned missing out on the RB Leipzig star but Barnes reckons it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds hero and former England international has suggested Werner would have been unhappy playing back-up to the likes of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane and therefore could have ‘caused problems’.
‘I feel they should be strengthening the squad – not necessarily going out to buy a superstar like Chelsea have done with Timo Werner. ‘Would Werner have been happy to come here and not play and cause problems because he wants to play? Former Liverpool and England winger John Barnes
‘I don’t think we’re going to go and buy superstars. I think we’re going to go out and strengthen the squad, but if you look at our best XI, I don’t think they’re going to look to upset that.’ Barnes was speaking on the night Liverpool lifted the Premier League title at Anfield, following a victory over Chelsea.
As well as signing Werner, Lampard has also welcomed Morocco international Hakim Ziyech to Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard has decided Chelsea’s next transfer after Kai Havertz deal is completed On Chelsea’s new signings, current star Christian Pulisic said: ‘I’m excited to work with them.
‘It’s fun to play with good players, it’s easy to play with them and those are two guys we know that are really talented guys so I’m really looking forward to it.
‘We can have a really strong team next season. I think there’s still work that needs to be done [to catch Liverpool and Man City].’ Chelsea face Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season, hoping to secure their place in the top four, while Liverpool travel to Newcastle United.