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Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has suggested that RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is not a good fit for Jurgen Klopp’s side, giving Chelsea a boost.
The Germany international has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, with the recent reports suggesting a move to Bayern Munich is off the cards.
However, Hamann has cast doubt on whether the 24-year-old would be a good target – handing a boost to Chelsea in the process.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Football Show, he said:
“I’m not too sure. They said today in the papers that he doesn’t want to go to Bayern Munich, he’s always expressed how fond he is of Jurgen Klopp, that he maybe wants to join them, but the thing is with Liverpool, you have probably got the best front three in world football.
“If you play out wide in Liverpool, even though the full-backs like to go on the overlap, Salah and Mane are both very tricky players, they’re very skilful and Timo Werner is not that type of player. His biggest asset by far is his pace.
“If I watch games now, even at Anfield with Liverpool being so superior to most teams, all the teams sit back and if you deny Werner space, I think he is a lot less effective. His goal record this season is outstanding but they like to play on the counter attack and they’re not really a possession team.
“I don’t think he has the trickery to play out wide and then if you look at Firmino’s position, I think the way they are set-up you need a player like Firmino is who links things up, he’s not one to go behind the back four, he likes to come short and bring the likes of Mane into play.
“I just wouldn’t know where to play Werner. I don’t think he’s a wide player, he is a player who is best through the middle, and I just wouldn’t know where he should play. On the other hand, it’s the African Cup of Nations, so Mane and Salah will have to go away, maybe that’s one thing that Liverpool have got in the back of their minds.
“I’m sure there are players out there who might help Liverpool next season more than Timo Werner.”