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Liverpool legend John Barnes: The Reds made the right decision to sign Jota instead of Werner.

Jota was on the scoresheet once again in the Reds' 1-1 draw against Brighton on Saturday and continues to have the backing of Klopp.

Portuguese star Jota has been a sensation since he joined Anfield this summer having netted an impressive nine goals [Getty]
Portuguese star Jota has been a sensation since he joined the Anfield club having netted an impressive nine goals [Getty]

Jurgen Klopp's Reds were linked with Timo Werner but opted not to make a move and decided to sign Jota from Wolves.

Ex-England international John Barnes is convinced that Liverpool made the right decision to ignore Timo Werner and sign Diogo Jota.

The ex-Liverpool star maintains that Germany international Werner, who eventually secured a move from RB Leipzig to Stamford bridge in a £50m deal during the summer, would not have been able to find his way into Jurgen Klopp's starting XI.

Portugal international Jota has been in superb form since he joined the Premier League champions from Wolves for £45m, scoring a total of 9 goals in 15 appearances across all competitions, and Barnes says signing the 23-year-old was the right call.

'Timo Werner is doing well and I’m sure he could have fit into what Liverpool wanted, but Liverpool want a player that wants to come to them,' he said, speaking to

'From the financial point of view, they would have paid the £48m that Chelsea have for Werner without a problem, but maybe Werner wanted to guarantee that he was going to play in every single week, which he does at Chelsea and he may not necessarily have got that at Liverpool, just as Jota hasn’t.

'From Werner’s point of view, he would not have been guaranteed a starting place at Liverpool. Perhaps it's a decision he made and one Liverpool made in terms of wanting the player that would be happy to be a part of a squad as Jota is.'

He added: 'Jota is playing well not just because he’s a really good player, but because he’s happy to not play every game and he’s got the right attitude. What Klopp does with all the players is he looks at a player that can fit into what he wants and he knew Jota could do what he wanted.

Werner (R) moved from RB Leipzig to Stamford bridge for £50m [Getty]
Werner (R) moved from RB Leipzig to Stamford bridge for £50m [Getty]

'I’m sure Werner could have done the same, so like with a lot of players at Liverpool I don’t think they’re improving, I think they’re at a club that suits their style perfectly and the way Liverpool play perfectly suits Jota.'

Werner, though, is enjoying life at Stamford Bridge and has managed to register eight goals across all competitions for Frank Lampard's Blues.

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