Jurgen Klopp opened his first Liverpool press conference for three months with a joke, before dismissing a question about Timo Werner.
Klopp was on his own at Melwood to preview Sunday’s Merseyside derby with Everton, fielding questions from the media remotely. And before a question was posed the German had the journalists chuckling away.
Klopp, who was sporting longer hair than usual, opened with a joke about the gathered journalists’ lockdown haircuts.
“We can obviously see hairdressers are not allowed to work at this moment!” he chuckled.
Things soon got back to normal though with Sky Sports’ Vinny O’Connor trying to get to the bottom of the timeline involving Timo Werner.
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The RB Leipzig striker was yesterday announced as Chelsea’s new £47.5million signing. The Blues will pay Werner £173,000 a week on a contract to 2025.
Liverpool were interested in the forward, with Klopp believed to have spoken personally to the player over the Easter period. The Reds though are believed to have withdrawn from the running to sign the no.9 due to the financial uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Asked about the timeline, Klopp said: “We don’t speak about transfers, especially of those at Chelsea. I’ve nothing to say. Timo Werner is a really good footballer. He’s announced for Chelsea next season. That is it.”
Chelsea also look to be leading the race for Kai Havertz – a perfect match.