Liverpool Editorial

Why Timo Werner will massively struggle at Liverpool

Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing a striker who can offer similar qualities to their world class front three as well as provide competition for the trio.

The Reds have linked to sevearl attackers but one stand out due to his increidlbe goal stats and age.

Timo Werner is the man in everybody’s lip. The 22-year-old German international has developed into one of the best strikers in the world having scored 20 goal and six assists at a rate of a goal or assist every 71.2 minutes which is higher than Salah- 99 minutes, Mane- 100.8 minutes, Origi- 123 minutes and Firmino 1442 minutes.

His passing, attacking, dribbling speed are incredibly good while his defensive contribution is commendable. Werner averages 0.9 tackles per 90 minutes.

Generally, Werner is a fantastic player to have but not everyone is confident of seeing him breakthrough.

Former Liverpool player Dietmar Hamann don’t believe he will succeed at Liverpool and feels his only asssit is his pace.

Asked if Liveprool should sign Timo Werner, he had this to say.

“I’m not too sure {about it}. Today in the papers, they’re saying that he doesn’t want to go to Bayern Munich. He’s always expressed how fond he is of Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, the club that he maybe wants to join”, Hamann told Sky Sports.

“But the thing with Liverpool is you’ve probably got the best front three in world football. If you play out wide for Liverpool, although the fullbacks like to go on the overlap. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are both very tricky players, they are very skillful and Werner is not that type of player.

“His biggest assets 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 goal this season has been outstanding but they like to play on the counterattack 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 Robert Firmino’s position, i think the way they are set up, you almost need a Teddy Sheringham-type player like Firmino 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’.

Hamann might be right or wrong with his assertion about Werner having assessed him thoroughly but Klopp will always need variety in attacker and Werner is a good option to have.

Werner is still young and will grow with time but at the moment, he won’t get into Liverpool first team.

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