If the world had not been gripped by a pandemic, Timo Werner may simply have been strolling out in a pink jersey when Chelsea meets Liverpool in the primary blockbuster match in the Premier League on Sunday.
Liverpool, in spite of everything, was extensively reported to be eager on the striker. And Werner himself spoke publicly about his enjoying model being a “good fit” for the membership, in addition to his admiration for the group’s supervisor, Jurgen Klopp.
“The best coach in the world,” Werner, at the time a participant with Leipzig, mentioned of his fellow German in February.
Then the coronavirus outbreak occurred, and soccer funds had been turned on their head. Even Liverpool, the soon-to-be English champion and Champions League winner final 12 months, was affected by the drastic fall in working losses, making a transfer for Werner appear one thing of an pointless luxurious.
A couple of months later, Werner ended up in southwest London, amongst a raft of high-profile gamers introduced in by Frank Lampard in Chelsea’s greatest ever offseason spend. And, by a quirk of the fixture schedule, it simply so occurs that his first recreation at Stamford Bridge is towards Liverpool.
“When I decided to leave Leipzig, I talked to different clubs and … in the end, I decided for Chelsea,” Werner mentioned in a video name on Wednesday. “Liverpool had a great team, and maybe I could fit well, (but) in the end I decided Chelsea.
“I think it was a hard decision in the end, but I am happy I made that decision. Now I am here, it feels right and good.”
It shall be Werner’s second aggressive match for Chelsea — his first was the 3-1 win at Brighton on Monday, when he failed to attain however did earn a penalty — and he’s nonetheless adjusting to life in England, on and off the sphere.
“The football here is more power and more strength from the defenders,” Werner mentioned. Recalling the Brighton recreation, he mentioned he was amazed at the dimensions of the gamers marking him.
“So tall,” he mentioned, “such big, massive defenders.”
Away from soccer, he’s getting used to English life. He says the payments he receives in the put up are onerous to learn. He remains to be adjusting to driving on the left-hand aspect of the highway, too.
“When you walk, you have to start looking right, not left. So that’s dangerous!” he mentioned with a smile.
But there are actually no regrets in regards to the transfer to what he described because the “world’s best league.”
“It is (because of) how many good players, teams, stadiums, facilities. All that give the Premier League a little touch extra that you don’t have in the other leagues,” he mentioned, explaining why he charges English soccer greater than his native German league and wherever else.
“When you play against Brighton and Liverpool, it is shown all over the world and maybe in the Bundesliga you don’t have that as much. All this makes the Premier League special.”
Liverpool opened its title protection with a wild 4-3 win over Leeds on Saturday, that includes the sort of abject defending by the champions that Werner will little doubt hope is repeated this weekend. The final match between the groups was a 5-3 win for Liverpool in the next-to-last spherical in the Premier League final season.
For Lampard, assault is commonly the most effective kind of protection — one of the numerous the reason why Werner has warmed to his new coach, who he by no means met in particular person earlier than becoming a member of as a result of of the coronavirus.
“But he called me a lot, we had a lot of conversations, he texted me a lot and he sent me some videos where he could show me what style of football he wants to play,” Werner mentioned. “It was really important that he gave me the feeling that the system he wants to play will fit me very well. He’s a very nice and calm guy, who makes it clear what he wants and what his football style is. And he makes it clear that you’re not only a player but also a person.”
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