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Werner targets first Premier League goal against Liverpool

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Timo Werner was satisfied with his Premier League debut for Chelsea and now hopes to open his account against Liverpool on Sunday.

Werner may not have got on the scoresheet as Chelsea overcame Brighton 3-1 at the Amex Stadium, but he was impressive all the same.

The former RB Leipzig star troubled the Brighton defense with his exceptional pace and won the penalty that led to Jorginho’s first-half opener. His performance dropped off a little after the break, though, as he didn’t enjoy as feed as in the opening half.

Not helping matters was Werner sustaining a dead leg in the match, but the German recovered to deliver a decent first display in the Premier League.

“Like everybody said to me before, Premier League football is something different,” Werner said on the club’s website on the challenges of English football after experiencing it for the first time.

“It was a tough game. Before the 1-1 in the second half we played not so good, and after it we made it better. Reece scored an amazing goal that brought us back in the game, and his corner decided the game, so we are very happy to win and hopefully we can win more games.”

The former Bundesliga man added: “I played against three massive defenders, and you don’t have something like that in Germany!

“The game is totally different. In some situations, we had a lot more space, the field is very big and you can make a lot of runs, like we did in the first half after we led 1-0.

“Then you come out of the dressing room in the second half and the game was totally different. It changed completely. Brighton did very well and gave us a lot of problems.”

Reece James’ stunning effort and a deflected striker from Kurt Zouma sealed all three points for Chelsea after Leandro Trossard equalized early in the second half for Brighton.

Next up for the Blues will now be Premier League champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, where Werner hopes to open his account.

“Maybe in the second game I will score,” he continued.

“It becomes harder because it is against Liverpool, but I will try, give my best, and for now I am happy to give an assist for my team.”