Former Liverpool player advises Bundesliga star to dump Liverpool and sign for Manchester United

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Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has advised Leipzig in-form striker Timo Werner to join Manchester United or Chelsea rather than his former club Liverpool as he could have more opportunities to play.

Werner has scored 20 goals in 22 appearances in the Bundesliga this season and has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool.

However, Hamann believes that a move to Old Trafford could be in the best interest of the striker.

“Timo Werner has continuously improved, he has scored again in the Champions League and has already scored more than 20 goals in the Bundesliga this season,” Hamann said.

“I trust him to play in a very big team soon. It is of course an honour for him to be linked with Liverpool. The question is: does he match Liverpool? For me he is strongest when he comes through the middle and can use his greatest weapon: his speed.

“With (Roberto) Firmino, Liverpool have a striker who is always playable and connects a lot with his team-mates. If Werner went to Liverpool, I would rather see him outside, but there are two absolute grenades in the team with (Sadio) Mane and (Mohamed) Salah.

“If none of the three strikers get injured or move, he won’t play and I don’t think that’s what he wants. Liverpool is the absolute benchmark, but in my view he would be better suited to Manchester United or Chelsea.”

The club’s move for a striker in the winter window was well-documented. Despite signing Odion Ighalo, the move for the Nigerian is seen as a short-term fix with the club likely in the market to sign a striker in the summer.