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‘Werner not up to the standard of Liverpool’s current front three’

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Liverpool great Robbie Fowler says he’s not a big fan of Timo Werner and added that the forward is not up to the standard of Liverpool’s current front trio.

Liverpool shouldn’t be bothered about missing out on Timo Werner as he isn’t up to the right standard for the club, says Robbie Fowler.

Last week, it was reported by several outlets that the Leipzig forward had agreed a deal with Chelsea after the Blues activated his £54 million release clause.

The likes of Goal and Sky Sports have gone on to report that a deal in principle has been agreed and Werner is all but set to officially join Chelsea.

Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff debunked those claims but it’s believed those comments were made to keep the forward focused at the club and far from further questions by the media.

Chelsea now look to have beaten heavy-favourites Liverpool for his signature but Robbie Fowler has his reasons why Werner wasn’t good enough anyway.

“I’ve heard the noise ­surrounding Timo Werner in recent weeks – but I’m not a big fan,” the Liverpool legend wrote in The Mirror.

“I realise he’s a talented player, he has moments of real brilliance in matches that underline his quality, but I stand by this: is Werner up to the standard of Liverpool’s current front three? Not for me. Obviously my opinion will be put to the test next season if he does complete a move to Chelsea.

“There has been so much rumour around his intended destination for months now, with my former club at the heart of that, but most of the other big names in European football have been linked to him.

Fowler added on Liverpool’s reluctance to meet Werner’s price tag: “I’ve heard so many people ­complaining about Liverpool owners not splashing the cash, not diving in on ­Werner when he’s a ‘steal’ at £52m. Is he really, though?

“To be honest, I see a situation where Chelsea saw perhaps the only circumstance in which they would sign Werner. That they had to pay the ­release fee to get him – because other clubs wouldn’t.”.

If Werner does make the move to Chelsea, only time will tell about the comments from Robbie Fowler.