Liverpool loyalty to Origi prevented them from signing 'brilliant' Werner, claims ex-Reds striker Owen
Werner was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool earlier this year, and he fueled transfer speculation by publiclyexpressinghis belief that he would be a good fit for Jurgen Klopp's system at Anfield.
The Blues snapped up Werner for a fee of £47.5 million ($59m) on June 18, tieing him down to a lucrative five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
Owen thinks Liverpool decided against making changes to their attacking ranks after handing Origi a new long-term deal in July 2019.
The former Reds striker believes his old club made a mistake in allowing Werner to slip through the net, having placed their faith in the man who scored their second goal in last season's Champions League final.
Owen told Premier League Productions: "Will Origi and Takumi Minamino be there next season? Yes, they will. Origi’s just signed a new contract and Takumi 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, Liverpoolwere 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."
Source : goal.com
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