Jurgen Klopp breaks silence as Timo Werner closes in on Chelsea transfer

Jurgen Klopp described Chelsea-bound Timo Werner as a ‘great player’ but admitted it could be a quiet transfer window for Liverpool amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Liverpool were thought to be the favourites to land the Germany international but Chelsea are set to trigger his release clause after agreeing personal terms.

Klopp reportedly called Werner to deliver the news that Liverpool would not be able to trigger his £53million release clause, leaving Chelsea clear to sign him.

And while he clearly rates Werner, it appears his hands are tied over transfers this summer.

‘There are a lot of good players on this planet,’ Klopp told Sky Germany. ‘Timo Werner is a great player, Kai Havertz is a great player.

‘There are all sorts of rumours in England about who Manchester United are going to pick, Chelsea are going to pick.

‘It’s rather quiet here (at Liverpool) at the moment, I think it’s safe to say.

‘If you want to take it seriously and run a normal business and depend on income and have no idea how much you will earn… especially because we don’t know when we can start playing with spectators again.

‘At the moment, all clubs are losing money. Without spectators, we have to pay back the season tickets and probably sell none next year.

‘At least maybe without the first 10 or 15 games. The VIP areas won’t be packed and the tickets won’t be sold. This will have an impact on other partners and things will look a bit different.

‘Discussing with the players about things like salary waivers and on the other hand buying a player for £50-60m, we have to explain.’

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