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Michael Owen believes Liverpool didn’t dive for Timo Werner because they were ‘loyal’ to Divock Origi

“As a result, they couldn’t spend a lot of money on a backup striker”: Michael Owen believes Liverpool didn’t dive for Timo Werner because they were “loyal” to Divock Origi … after the Belgian signed a new long-term contract last summer

  • German striker Timo Werner has moved from Red Bull Leipzig to Chelsea
  • Liverpool were also believed to be interested in the 24-year-old striker
  • But Michael Owen thinks the Reds didn’t chase Werner because of Divock Origi
  • Origi signed a new contract last summer and is a backup option in advance

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes the Reds chose not to chase Timo Werner because they showed ‘loyalty’ to Divock Origi.

24-year-old Werner is now a Chelsea player who has completed a £ 53 million deal from Red Bull Leipzig, although Jurgen Klopp’s side was interested in the German striker.

After signing Takumi Minamino in January and signing a new long-term contract with Origi last summer, Owen says the newly crowned Premier League champions have decided to stick to their current backup options.

Divock Origi's new contract is why Liverpool didn't go for Timo Werner, says Michael Owen

Divock Origi’s new contract is why Liverpool didn’t go for Timo Werner, says Michael Owen

Werner was closely associated with Liverpool while at RB Leipzig before moving to Chelsea

Werner was closely associated with Liverpool while at RB Leipzig before moving to Chelsea

Werner was closely associated with Liverpool while at RB Leipzig before moving to Chelsea

Ex-Reds striker Owen believes Origi's deal rules out a big step for backup striker

Ex-Reds striker Owen believes Origi's deal rules out a big step for backup striker

Ex-Reds striker Owen believes Origi’s deal rules out a big step for backup striker

‘Shall [Divock] Will Origi and Takumi Minamino be there next season? Yes, they will, ”Owen told Premier League Productions.

Origis have just signed a new contract and Minamino has just signed. They are there and they have been resolved, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wonder if they should be.

Origi who signed a new long-term deal was almost Liverpool – they were loyal to him, weren’t they?

“He had done what he had done [in the Champions League] and all of a sudden they thought he had done that, so you have to give them a new contract. That now prevented them from spending a lot of money on a backup striker.

Timo Werner was clearly a player Liverpool was linked to and he eventually went to Chelsea. I think that type of player would have been great for Liverpool.

“They signed Origi with a long-term contract that pretty much ruled out a backup striker and I’m not sure they need a better one.”

Origi and the arrival of Minamino in January have only had a handful of appearances this season, with the front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino firmly set in stone.

Takumi Minamino has yet to score for Liverpool after his arrival in the January window

Takumi Minamino has yet to score for Liverpool after his arrival in the January window

Takumi Minamino has yet to score for Liverpool after his arrival in the January window

However, Origi started on Sunday against Aston Villa, although he struggled to impress before being replaced by Firmino in the 60th minute.

After his memorable semifinal and final goals in the Champions League last season, Origi signed a new ‘long-term’ deal last summer and has still had an impact on this campaign.

The Belgian scored twice in a 5-2 win against Everton in December, scoring five goals in all competitions, while Japanese international Minamino has yet to score for his new club after joining Red Bull Salzburg.

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