Liverpool advised to sign young Chelsea forward

Timo Werner of Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur
Timo Werner of Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur

Former Tottenham and Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton has suggested Liverpool should look to sign Chelsea’s Timo Werner this summer to help fill the goals void left by Sadio Mane.

The Anfield side were linked to the pacy German before he moved to Chelsea two seasons ago. But since his move to Stamford Bridge, Werner has failed to hit the form that made Chelsea pay £47.5 million for his services from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

The German international continues to be linked away from the club with Hutton, suggesting that Jurgen Klopp’s side should formalise their interest.

According to the former defender, Werner could “bring something with his pace and trickery” and believes the German would “fit into the system” at Liverpool.

Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton said:

“I think Werner can bring something with his pace and his trickery. 

“I think he could fit into the system. If you look at the way Liverpool have played over the years, Klopp has been there. He likes that type of winger coming in from the side of the pitch, and I think that’s where he’s better.

“I don’t think Werner’s an out-and-out number nine to me. I think he misses too many opportunities, but he’s a problem out on the wing. He’s a problem for defenders, the way Mane was, and obviously, with him leaving, there’s possibly a room.

However, Hutton stated that Chelsea would be unwilling to let the player leave, given that they have already lost Lukaku to Inter Milan.

“I’d be very surprised if Chelsea just let him go. With Lukaku leaving, they won’t want to leave themselves short, so I can’t see it happening,” he said. 

Werner started just 15 Premier League matches last season, picking up a supporting role in Stamford Bridge after a difficult first season in English football.

This season might still be the same as the previous season for Werner, as Chelsea have been heavily linked with moves for Raheem Sterling and Raphinha in recent weeks. Both players operate in the same areas as Werner, who is viewed as more of a wide forward by Thomas Tuchel.

That said, the likelihood of Werner leaving for Merseyside remains small, as Liverpool are well stocked in the attacking department following the arrival of Darwin Nunez.