Pundit Paul Robinson says Liverpool may have decided to spend £50million on “two or three” other players after shying away from Timo Werner’s release clause.

Liverpool looked like favourites to land RB Leipzig striker Werner but their reluctance to pay his £50million exit fee looks to have put paid to their efforts.

Instead, reports last week claimed Chelsea have sneaked in and agreed a deal with the Germany international.

The 24-year-old will reportedly earn £200,000 per week on a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge and the deal could go through later this week.

Speaking to Football Insider, former goalkeeper Robinson says he was “surprised” at Liverpool’s reluctance.

He added, however, that Liverpool may have looked at buying cheaper alternatives on the market.

“I was surprised because it looked like it was nailed on for Liverpool,” the pundit said.

“Werner is a top quality player and a real goalscorer. He will be a great asset to the Premier League and it looks like it will be Chelsea.