There are very few “sure things” in soccer.
It’s not like Bayern Munich and Juventus win domestic titles literally every single year. And it’s not like Manchester City break FFP regulations every year through shady accounting because they’re owned by a human and women’s right violating oil nation. It’s not like Leo Messi just continues being the greatest soccer player in the world for an unprecedented run of like 15 years in a row now. And while we’re at it, it’s not like Diego Simeone is definitely suffering from male pattern baldness while he gets his squad to fall over if the slightest breeze hits them.
No, there are very few sure fire things in soccer.
But Timo Werner to Liverpool felt like an inevitability.
And then it didn’t happen.
Timo Werner to Chelsea???
First and foremost, hats off to Chelsea. They activated Werner’s £49m ($62M USD) release clause and are in position to bring the striker to London from RB Leipzig.
Chelsea already have an exciting collection of young talent. Next year, they add Hakim Ziyech and now Werner to potentially create a terrifying offense. Sure, their defense is still leaky. But this squad has whiffs of Liverpool 2017-18. There will be goals.
Everything ok at Anfield?
Speaking of Liverpool, how did this happen? Werner is the prototypical Liverpool transfer: a 24 year-old entering his prime who is already productive af. Werner and Liverpool have been flirty dancing for 6 solid months.
Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp rarely (if ever) make transfer missteps. Maybe Klopp flagged some of the rumblings that Werner is a bad locker room presence as too detrimental for his tight-knit unit. Or maybe they’re saving their money for Kai Havertz. Or Kylian Mbappe.
Anyway, speaking of rumored malcontents, Liverpool are also reportedly losing out on a potential Ousmane Dembele loan move. Nothing about Dembele feels like a “Klopp player” and this deal never made sense. If Dembele really rejected the deal as was reported, that speaks more about his character and work ethic than any besmirchment on Klopp and company.
But still, not a banner week for the Reds. Regardless of how successful this season has been, the squad could use a little refreshing to keep the momentum going in 2020-21. Let’s see what tricks Klopp has up his sleeve when the season wraps (hopefully) after July.