Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that Chelsea forward Timo Werner would not be a starter at Anfield.
Speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football (14/09/2020), as transcribed by the Liverpool Echo, Carragher backed the current options Jurgen Klopp has. “Right now, he wouldn’t get in the Liverpool front three.
“Watching him for Leipzig, you think about how much he loves that left channel.
“For Liverpool, you think of the greatest striker in the Premier League in Thierry Henry – who used to favour that left-hand side.
“He can play left of the front three, but predominantly, he will be the central striker.”
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On the face of it, Carragher’s claim does appear to be an odd one. Werner outperformed Firmino last season in most metrics, with more goals and more assists per game, along with more key passes completed per game. The German ended the campaign with 36 goal contributions in the Bundesliga, compared to Firmino’s 17 in the Premier League.
However, if you look further into it, it is possible to see where he is coming from. Firmino’s style of play is a huge part of Liverpool’s attacking play with his ability to drop deep and link-up the play. With Firmino playing the false nine role, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are then able to make runs in behind to stretch the play and create gaps in the final third in order to open up opposition defences.
If Werner is not able to perform the same duties and Klopp is unwilling to adapt his style, then Carragher could be correct in his assessment. Although the difference in direct goal contributions is huge between the two players, Firmino’s work off the ball and his tactical nous – as explained above – should never be underestimated in this Liverpool side.