Roberto Firmino’s presence means that RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner would not be guaranteed game time at Liverpool, according to one pundit.
Werner has become one of Europe’s most sought-after centre-forwards in recent seasons, the Germany international scoring 27 goals this term before play was brought to a halt.
Such form is said to have peaked Liverpool’s interest, with Inter Milan reportedly being told after an enquiry about the 24-year-old that the Reds have all but sealed a deal.
Indeed, Werner has made no secret of his admiration for Liverpool manager and fellow German Jurgen Klopp and his side’s style of play.
Speaking to The Athletic‘s Steilcast Podcast, however, former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann outlined his belief that even the high-profile exits of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane would not guarantee Werner a spot in the side.
“I don’t think he’s a player for [Bayern] Munich or Liverpool [with] the way they play at the moment,” the 46-year-old said.
“I read quotes from journalist or people close to the club in Liverpool when he always said Liverpool is a great club [and that] Klopp is the greatest trainer, that he was a bit too forward in showing interest in going to Liverpool.
“Where’s he going to play? Even if Mane or Salah go, out wide is not his position and the centre-forward position, the way they do play, is probably the most crucial one.
“Firmino is probably a bit underrated in some people’s eyes. He’s a ball-playing centre-forward, he probably doesn’t get the goals that other players get.
“But he brings other players into position and that’s certainly not Werner’s game, so [it’s] a no from me.”
In other news, Klopp has spoken of how he got his first impressions of Senegal international Mane completely wrong.
The Reds boss – formerly of Borussia Dortmund – was speaking on Rakuten’s Made In Senegal documentary about Mane at the time when the pair first met.