Dietmar Hamann reveals why Liverpool should avoid Timo Werner transfer
Dietmar Hamann believes Liverpool should avoid signing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
Reports in Germany have claimed that Werner is not interested in a move to Bayern Munich and would prefer to link up with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
Werner has been in sublime form for RB Leipzig this season with 27 goals in 36 appearances.
But Hamann, who made 283 appearances for Liverpool, believes the Germany international would struggle to fit in Klopp’s system alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
‘The thing with Liverpool is you’ve probably got the best front three in world football. If you play out wide in Liverpool, even though the full-backs like to get on the overlap, Salah and Mane are both very tricky players, they’ve got huge trickery, they are very skillful,’ Hamann told Sky Sports.
‘Timo Werner is not that type of player. His biggest asset by far is his pace. And if I watch games now, even at Anfield, with Liverpool being so superior to most teams, all the teams sit back.
‘If you deny Werner space I think he’s a lot less effective. If you look at his goalscoring at Leipzig, obviously his goal record this season is outstanding, but they like to play on the counter attack, they are not really a possession team.
‘I don’t think he’s got the trickery to play out wide as Mane and Salah have. Then if you look at [Roberto] Firmino’s position, I think the way they are set up you need almost a Teddy Sheringham-type player like Firmino is because he links things up, he’s not really one who goes in behind the back four. He likes to come short and bring Salah and Mane into play.
‘So I just wouldn’t know where to play him. I don’t think he’s a wide player, I think he’s a player who’s best through the middle, and I just wouldn’t know where he could or where he should play.
‘On the other hand, I think it’s the Africa Cup of Nations, if it goes ahead, early next year, so Mane and Salah might be away for four to six weeks, that’s probably one thing Liverpool have got in the back of their minds.
‘But I’m sure there are players out there who will help Liverpool more next season than Timo Werner.’
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