Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hailed “great” Timo Werner – despite missing out on the Chelsea-bound striker.
The Kop boss was also fulsome in his praise of Kai Havertz, the Bayer Leverkusen starlet whose long-term future remains in question.
But Klopp's words came with a call for patience from Reds fans, amid the uncertainties coronavirus has brought to football.
Werner was keen to move to Anfield this summer, and the Reds boss was keen to bring his compatriot to Merseyside.
Klopp made clear to club bosses that he felt Werner would be a good fit at Anfield, having seen him grow at RB Leipzig this season, where the 24 year-old has scored 31 goals.
However, with Liverpool not interested in meeting his £52million release clause amid ongoing financial uncertainty, the Germany striker is heading to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are set to pay his release clause and have agreed terms on £200k-a-week contract.
Havertz, enjoying a real breakthrough season at the BayArena, is valued at more than £80million by his club and is seen as the brightest young star in German football.
He too is rated highly by Klopp and key staff at Anfield – although they are far from the only ones, with Bayern Munich desperate to take Havertz to the Allianz Arena for the 2020-21 season.
Havertz sat out his side's 4-2 loss to Bayern on Saturday with an injury.
Speaking to Sky Germany on Saturday Klopp had nothing but good things to say about the duo, as he was asked about the pair and potential transfers at Liverpool.
"There are a lot of good players on this planet, commented Klopp.
"Timo Werner is a great player, Kai Havertz is a great player."
But he admitted that football's current situation has dictated that new signings aren't at the front of the Anfield agenda right now.
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"Right time, opportunity – everything has to come together. Six, seven weeks ago, we didn't know if we could play again this year.
"If we hadn't played the second half of the season, we would have thought, 'OK, when can you really play football again?' And now it starts right away.
"We act as if everything is already settled. It's not settled.
“We use this little loophole we've been left to play football again. Everything else we have to see the moment it happens.
“We can't pretend now that everything's going to be fine in the future."
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