Former Reds midfielder Didi Hamann believes Timo Werner isn’t suited to Liverpool’s style of play.
The RB Leipzig star has been constantly linked with the Reds this season, ahead of a potential move to Anfield in the summer.
Werner has scored 27 goals in all competitions in 2019/20, further enhancing his reputation.
Despite this, Hamann has cast doubt over a move to Liverpool, telling Goal that his style of play wouldn’t suit Jurgen Klopp’s side.
I read quotes from journalists or people close to the club in Liverpool when he always said Liverpool is a great club [and that] Klopp is the greatest trainer, that he was a bit too forward in showing interest in going to Liverpool.
Where’s he going to play? Even if Mane or Salah go, [then] out wide is not his position and the centre-forward position, the way they do play, is probably the most crucial one.
Firmino is probably a bit underrated in some people’s eyes. He’s a ball-playing centre-forward, he probably doesn’t get the goals that other players get but he brings other players into position and that’s certainly not Werner’s game, so [it’s] a no from me.
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I don’t entirely agree with Hamann’s comments, even though he has a point about a potential lack of regular football.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are one of world football’s most respected attacking units, so breaking them apart is going to be extremely difficult.
Werner could have the versatility to thrive in a 4-2-3-1 formation with all three, however, leading the line while Firmino drops deep, for example, or playing out on the left.
On top of that, injuries and fatigue can easily affect players, with rotation called for in the modern game. Having Werner in the squad could allow Jurgen Klopp to switch his attack more regularly, keep four top-class players fresh throughout the season, especially with the potential of the African Cup of Nations taking place in the new year.