Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann thinks RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner should reject the Reds in favour of a move to Chelsea or Manchester United.
The German has been linked with all three clubs ahead of the summer transfer window but Hamann believes there is no space for him in Jurgen Klopp’s side, and he says a switch to another English side, where he can get more first-team football, would be more beneficial:
“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.”
Much may depend on how patient Werner is willing to be. The forward is only 23 years of age, while the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are closing in on 28. With a four to five year age difference, he would be the perfect replacement for one of the front three but he may feel he needs to be a regular starter from the off.
At Chelsea and Manchester United, he could well get the opportunities he seeks, but their style of play would not fit his game as well as the Reds, with Klopp and RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann having similar ideas on how to play football.