Jamie Carragher claims Timo Werner would have signed for Liverpool over Chelsea if coronavirus hadn’t brought football to a halt.
Werner is set to join Chelsea in a £53million deal, after Liverpool were thought to be favourites to sign the German international.
But Carragher believes the coronavirus pandemic affected Werner’s thoughts on a move to Anfield.
The Reds legend claims the potential for January’s Africa Cup of Nations being postponed like the European Championships, Olympic Games and Copa America, may have seen Werner’s playing time next season reduced.
“I honestly believe that if the pandemic hadn’t happened then Timo Werner would have been a Liverpool player,” Carragher told the Mirror.
“I don’t think it was all about money. There won’t be an Olympic tournament, an Africa Cup of Nations or a Copa America. If Werner had signed for Liverpool, he wouldn’t have been first choice because the front three is what it is.
“But spending £50m on someone who would not be a first choice is a big decision. If there had been the Olympics and the Africa Cup of Nations next season, then Klopp would have been able to guarantee Werner plenty of games when Salah and Mane were missing.
“He’d have probably got 25-30 games in, but with those tournaments being postponed it would have been harder to convince Werner to sign, because the front three don’t miss many games.”