Michael Owen thinks that the presence of Divock Origi at Liverpool means Jurgen Klopp and the club did not pursue a move for Timo Werner.
Liverpool were chasing Germany international Werner until Easter time with Jurgen Klopp personally speaking to the RB Leipzig striker. However, the Reds soon withdrew from the running for the forward when the Bundesliga club refused to budge on his release clause.
Werner has since been confirmed as one of Frank Lampard’s new signings at Chelsea for next season, with the Blues not flinching at his £47.5million buyout clause.
Liverpool could now have to make do with Origi as back-up next term after he was handed a new long-term contract a year ago thanks to his exploits in the Champions League.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright criticised Origi’s display in the Reds’ 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday with Owen agreeing and adding his own comments.
Owen told Premier League Productions: “I agree with Wrighty. Will Origi and Takumi Minamino be there next season? Yes they will.
“Origi’s just signed a new contract and Minamino’s only just signed. They are there and they’re fixed but that doesn’t mean you can’t question whether they should be. Origi signing a new long-term deal was almost Liverpool…they were loyal to him weren’t they?
“He’d done what he’d done [in the Champions League] and all of a sudden they they thought he’s done that so you have to give them a new contract. That’s now prevented them from going and spending big money on a back-up striker.
“Timo Werner was obviously a player that Liverpool were linked to and he’s eventually gone to Chelsea. I think that type of player would have been brilliant for Liverpool.
“They signed Origi on a long-term contract that virtually ruled out a back-up striker and I’m not sure that they don’t need a better one.”