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Michael Owen believes Liverpool didn’t pursue Timo Werner due to the club forward Divock Origi.
The Reds were heavily linked with Werner for the summer transfer window. However, the 24-year-old reportedly joined Chelsea from Red Bull Leipzig with a £53m deal.
Jurgen Klopp’s side brought Takumi Minamino to Anfield in January, while Origi signed a new long-term contract with the club last summer. And Owen believes the Reds didn’t pursue the German attacker because of their loyalty to Origi.
Former Liverpool player told Premier League Productions: “Will [Divock] Origi and Takumi Minamino be there next season? Yes they will.
Origi’s just signed a new contract and Minamino’s only just signed. They are there and they’re fixed but that doesn’t mean you can’t question whether they should be.
Origi signing a new long-term deal was almost Liverpool – they were loyal to him weren’t they?
He’d done what he’d done [in the Champions League] and all of a sudden they thought he’s done that so you have to give them a new contract. That’s now prevented them from going and spending big money on a back-up striker.
Timo Werner was obviously a player that Liverpool were linked to and he’s eventually gone to Chelsea. I think that type of player would have been brilliant for Liverpool.
They signed Origi on a long-term contract that virtually ruled out a back-up striker and I’m not sure that they don’t need a better one.”