Dietmar Hamann perfectly breaks down why Timo Werner is NOT a good fit for Liverpool amid transfer links for striker – The Sun
FORMER Liverpool favourite Dietmar Hamann claims the Reds will be making a big mistake if they sign Timo Werner this summer.
Boss Jurgen Klopp is believed to be closing in on a deal to land the RB Leipzig striker with the player keen to make the switch.
Liverpool will be able to secure his services if they activate his £52million release clause before June 15.
RB Leipzig are expected to bump up their asking price for the German if a deal is not across the line by then.
His arrival would pose serious questions as to where he would fit in Klopp's already prolific front three.
Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino have forged one of Europe's most feared partnerships.
And Hamann believes Werner, who has 21 league goals in 25 games this season, would struggle to fit into Liverpool's squad because they don't suit his style of play.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "He's always expressed how fond he is of Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, the club that he maybe wants to join.
"But the thing with Liverpool is you've probably got the best front three in world football.
I just don't know where he would play.
"If you play out wide for Liverpool, even though the full-backs like to go on the overlap, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are both very tricky players, they are very skilful and 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, most of them sit back and if you deny Werner space, he's a lot less effective.
"If you look at his goal record for Leipzig, his goals this season has been outstanding, but they like to play on the counter-attack and they're 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 almost need a Teddy Sheringham-type player like Firmino is to link 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 the play so I just don't know where he would play.
"I don't think he is a wide player, I think he is best through the middle and I just don't know where he should or would be.
"On the other hand, the Africa Cup of Nations – if it goes ahead – will be early next year so Mane and Salah might be away for four to six weeks and that's probably one thing Liverpool have got in the back of their minds.
"I'm sure there are players out there who will help Liverpool more next season than Werner."
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