Timo Werner insists he has NO regrets choosing Chelsea over Liverpool
Timo Werner has revealed that he has no regrets about his decision to sign for Chelsea over Liverpool when the two teams meet in the FA Cup final.
Werner came close to joining the Reds in the summer of 2020, but opted to join the Blues for £53m from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.
The 26-year-old has struggled since moving to the Premier League but has still helped Chelsea win the Champions League, Club World Cup and Super Cup.
Timo Werner has revealed that he has no regrets about joining Chelsea instead of Liverpool
The German striker has won the Champions League, the Super Cup and the Club World Cup
However, the German striker has come under intense criticism throughout his time at Stamford Bridge thus far for his inconsistency in front of goal and failing to hold a position in the starting eleven.
Werner will be looking to win his fourth trophy with the Blues when they take on Liverpool at Wembley in the FA Cup final.
Asked how close he was to joining Liverpool, he told the evening standard: ‘The only thing I can say is that they have a German coach.
I have known him for many years, because when he was in Stuttgart, he talked about going to Dortmund. So I didn’t play that well, so it was done.
‘When I was in Leipzig, I had the chance to come to the Premier League.
The 26-year-old had a chance to join Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool when he was at RB Leipzig.
Liverpool was also in my thoughts and it was a great possibility for me, but in the end I decided on Chelsea and won the Champions League last year. It wasn’t the worst decision.
Although a move to Liverpool did not materialize, Werner praised Reds boss Klopp.
He is one of the best coaches we have had in Germany. Not to attack our coach, but in recent years he has won the most titles.
“He has a very nice personality, a personality that Germans love, because he seems like fun.
“The Germans love guys like Thomas Muller, Jurgen Klopp, they have empathy. They say what they think, and that is very important in this business, not faking something.
Werner praised Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, saying he is one of the best.
‘He is real. He’s a funny guy and also, with the power of him aside, he tries to attract people with him. That’s what we Germans like.
The striker also praised his own manager, Thomas Tuchel, who won the Champions League within four months of being brought in to rescue Chelsea’s season last year.
It will be Tuchel’s sixth final since taking the reins at Stamford Bridge from Frank Lampard in January 2021.
He is now at a level where, when you say who are the best coaches, you only have now Klopp, him and [Pep] Maybe Guardiola.
Werner thinks Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is on the same level as Klopp and Pep Guardiola.
Werner has scored 11 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions this season, although he endured a 16-game spell without scoring earlier in the campaign.
That followed a difficult season in which he scored just 12 last season, but only four of those goals came from November in a 40-game stretch.
“It was a bit strange,” he admitted. “I think last season it was like every chance I missed was followed by a VAR decision that was thrown out.
Werner has struggled in front of goal since joining the Blues and has gone through long barren spells.
There was always more and more. If I got half of the goals allowed by VAR, which were disallowed, I would have managed 15 Premier League goals and 25 or 30 in total, and that would have been a normal season for me.
“But you have to keep going and that’s what I learned for two seasons. You can’t always climb.
‘The five years before Chelsea, the last year I was always going up. I never had as many problems in terms of scoring as in the last year. But in the end, it helps you, it takes you to another level.’