Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has allayed fears of an injury for striker Timo Werner heading into their clash with Liverpool next weekend.
Werner picked up a knock in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Brighton on Monday, with the striker being caught in the act of winning a penalty in the first half.
Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan felled the German in the box as he raced out to win the ball, with Lampard hoping that it is just a dead leg.
Speaking to The Mirror, Lampard offered an update on the forward. “He is one who has had some games, he has a bit of fitness, and you could see that.
“He took a knock when he won the penalty which we hope is a dead leg. I would like to think if it is that we have a bit of time to get him back [for the Liverpool game].”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Liverpool were reportedly interested in signing Werner over the summer, so Klopp will know all too well how much of an impact he can have in the final third. Werner scored 28 goals in 33 starts in the Bundesliga last season, proving that he can be consistent in front of goal at the top level.
Although he was unable to score on his debut for Chelsea, he made a number of threatening runs in behind the Brighton defence and used his pace and skill to win a penalty. If he is fit, as Lampard is hopeful of, he could prove to be a very difficult player for Liverpool to defend against.
His incredible turn of pace and intelligent movement could cause problems for Van Dijk and Gomez at the back if they are unable to keep their concentration up for the full 90 minutes. If they fail to track his runs it could lead to him being played clean through on goal with a chance to beat Alisson between the sticks. This means that Werner being fit is a blow, of sorts, to Liverpool, as his absence would deprive Chelsea of that electric speed in the final third of the pitch.