Timo Werner backed to flourish under Jurgen Klopp if he makes Liverpool transfer


Timo Werner is a perfect fit for Liverpool's speedy style, according to Paul Lambert.

The RB Leipzig striker's weekend hat-trick took to his tally to 30 goals this season.

Werner, 24, has a £52m buyout clause in his contract but Liverpool face potential competition for his signature from Chelsea, Manchester United and Inter Milan.

Former Borussia Dortmund star Lambert said: “I saw him playing a few years ago and he was lightning quick.

"His model and Liverpool's model are the same. Everybody knows the way Liverpool play, with speed, and he has certainly got that. Leipzig are a quick, quick side and he has been brought up in a similar fashion of speed.

Timo Werner grabbed a hat-trick for RB Leipzig over the weekend (Image: KAI PFAFFENBACH/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

"That is their game. So would he fit in? Yes, I have no doubt he would fit into that just because of the way the lad is and the way he plays. Speed is definitely part of the two teams' DNA.”

But Owen Hargreaves warned Werner would struggle to displace Roberto Firminio from the Reds side. “Wherever he goes, he has to play,” said the BT Sport analyst.

“With the way (Manchester) United play right now, I could see him there. They need a No.9.

"Chelsea could be a good fit, I just think he's perfect for Liverpool in a way but he's not guaranteed to start. If he's happy rotating in the front three then yes, he'd be a great fit for Jurgen Klopp.”

Meanwhile, Werner scored a hat-trick as rampant RB Leipzig reignited their Champions League push with a 5-0 rout of Mainz on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to bolster his attacking ranks (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The win was Leipzig's first in four Bundesliga outings and moved them back up to third place in the table.

Mainz will be grateful the scoreline was not a repeat of their 8-0 defeat in the reverse fixture as Leipzig passed up several opportunities to score even more.

Werner put Leipzig ahead in the 22nd minute, turning in Konrad Laimer's cross, before captain Yussuf Poulsen marked his 250th club appearance with the second goal.

A swift counter-attack had Leipzig forwards queuing up to apply the finish in the 36th minute, with Marcel Sabitzer the man to do it as he found the top corner.

And Werner added two more after the break, with the only surprise that there were not more, with Kevin Kampl seeing a goal ruled out for offside.