I'm not going to speak about Chelsea's transfer - Klopp refuses to be drawn on Werner


Jurgen Klopp was not inclined to discuss Timo Werner after the reported Liverpool target's move to Chelsea was confirmed.

RB Leipzig star Werner attracted the attention of several heavyweight European clubs, with Liverpool thought to have been early front runners for the Germany international's signature.

But Chelsea stumped up £47.5million (€53m) to secure his services, revealing the agreement this week.

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Klopp's champions-in-waiting resume their Premier League campaign at Everton on Sunday, and the Liverpool manager was not keen to talk about the new addition at Stamford Bridge when addressing a pre-match news conference.

"We don't speak about transfers we potentially do and now I'm not going to speak about the transfer of Chelsea," Klopp said.

"I have nothing to say. Timo Werner is a really good football player, I've heard now, for Chelsea next season. That's it."

One player Liverpool fairly recently got through the door was Takumi Minamino.

The Japan forward made only three substitute appearances in the Premier League after joining from Red Bull Salzburg in January.

Klopp feels the extended hiatus and subsequent time on the training field with his new-team-mates has done Minamino, 25, the world of good.

"For new players coming in, usually the first two, three or four months we don't really judge," Klopp said.

"I know the public does and that means we have always to explain why it's not like this or that.

"The more time you have, for whatever reason, benefits. We had four weeks which is, by the way, the longest pre-season I've ever had with any Liverpool side together.

"That's a massive difference. Usually we are all together for one [week], last year it was not even a week when Sadio [Mane] came back."

Klopp added: "So yes it helped and Taki, 100 per cent. He looks really different at the moment to the first three weeks, when he tried to please everybody and do everything that we say, and that’s in a language he is not 100 per cent comfortable with.

"Now he's had much more time to settle and he settled."

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