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Barnes says Liverpool lucky Chelsea beat them to Werner

Liverpool great John Barnes says they dodged a bullet in missing out on Chelsea striker Timo Werner.

Barnes believes the club were right not to sign Timo Werner from Red Bull Leipzig last summer as the striker wouldn't have done any better at Anfield.

"If Werner came to Liverpool he wouldn't be playing any better, even if he does score at Anfield on Thursday," Barnes told BonusCodesBets.co.uk.

"He's a dangerous player and can score when he has confidence, but he wouldn't play ahead of the front three of Mane, Salah and Firmino, so Liverpool haven't made a mistake in not signing him."

He added: "Right now, Werner is not playing with much confidence and not scoring many goals and he isn't being helped right now as Chelsea don't seem to score too many goals because Tuchel has them solid at the back.

"Giroud is playing well and will cause this Liverpool defence a problem because of his physicality, but Liverpool would rather he starts on Thursday because then the defence doesn't have to tackle the pace of Werner."

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