Former Red Didi Hamann has suggested that RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner may be better off turning down Liverpool if they come calling for his signature in the summer.
The Reds have been linked to Werner in various reports. There have been suggestions that the Reds are in advanced talks with Werner regarding a possible transfer in the summer.
Liverpool are reportedly prepared to meet Werner’s release clause of €58 million as a result. Werner has stated that he admires Liverpool, and that itself does suggest he would be open to the move.
However, Hamann believes that Werner should not be looking to move to Liverpool due to one particular reason.
“Timo Werner has continuously improved, he has scored again in the Champions League and has already scored more than 20 goals in the Bundesliga this season,” Hamann wrote in his column for Sky Germany, as quoted by the Express.
“I trust him to play in a very big team soon. It is of course an honour for him to be linked to Liverpool.
“The question is: does he match Liverpool? For me he is strongest when he comes through the middle and can use his greatest weapon: his speed.
“With [Roberto] Firmino, Liverpool have a striker who is always playable and connects a lot with his team-mates.
“If Werner went to Liverpool, I would rather see him outside, but there are two absolute grenades in the team with [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah.
“If none of the three strikers get injured or move, he won’t play and I don’t think that’s what he wants.
“Liverpool is the absolute benchmark, but in my view he would be better suited to Manchester United or Chelsea.”
These comments from Hamann are quite bizarre. If Liverpool were to bring in Werner, he would have to be a regular in Jurgen Klopp’s XI. He would also have to be a regular in his preferred position.
Werner would not sign unless he was guaranteed regular minutes on the pitch in his preferred position.
The only way the German forward could become a regular in Klopp’s XI from the beginning is if Roberto Firmino were to play in behind Werner, which is certainly a possibility.