RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has been linked with a summer switch to Liverpool – but how would the forward fit in at Anfield?
Werner is believed to have a release clause in his current contract, and he recently admitted that he was proud of Liverpool’s reported interest.
We’ve compared the 23-year-old’s Bundesliga stats from 2019-20 to his potential competition for a place in Liverpool’s front three. Xherdan Shaqiri hasn’t been included due to his lack of appearances this season.
In 22 Bundesliga appearances so far this season, Werner has registered an impressive 20 goals and six assists at a rate of a goal or assist every 72.1 minutes.
Liverpool may have some of the best forwards in European football but none of them can better Werner’s tally in 2019-20.
Of Jurgen Klopp’s attacking options, Salah unsurprisingly leads the way with 14 goals and six assists at a rate of one every 99 minutes.
Mane has a record of 12 goals and six assists, averaging one every 100.8 minutes, while Origi has contributed three goals and an assist at an average of one every 123 minutes.
Firmino is the furthest behind, he has scored eight goals and seven assists, averaging of a goal or assist every 144.2 minutes.
All 20 of Timo Werner’s Bundesliga goals this season 🔥
— Goal (@goal) February 19, 2020
On average, Werner creates 1.5 chances per 90 minutes in the league, which is less than Salah (2.0), Mane (1.9) and Firmino (1.6) but slightly more than Origi (0.9).
The German also has a pass completion rate of 77.1%. Mane (81.6%), Firmino (79.5%) and Salah (77.2%) all record better pass completion rates, although Werner does better Origi (70.3%) in this regard.
Werner, however, leads the way when it comes to dribbling, completing 2.0 successful dribbles per 90 minutes at a success rate of 68.9%.
Mane follows closely behind with 1.9 successful dribbles per 90 minutes at a completion rate of 61.2%. Origi then completes the third most with 1.8 per 90 at a lower success rate at 45%.
Firmino has 1.7 per 90 at a success rate of 60.7% and Salah finds himself at the bottom of the pile, completing 1.5 per 90 at the second lowest success rate (57.6%).
Striker’s aren’t renowned for their defensive work-rate, and Werner’s average of 0.9 tackles per 90 minutes betters only Salah (0.5).
Klopp likes his forwards to make some defensive contributions and Origi (2.0), Mane (1.6) and Firmino (1.1) all record higher averages than Werner in this regard.
The Leipzig striker’s average of 0.1 interceptions per 90 minutes is level with Firmino but less than Salah (0.3), Origi (0.5) and Mane (0.5).
Timo Werner: “Liverpool are the best team in the world at the moment.” pic.twitter.com/gKPrDfzhe1
— – (@AnfieldRd96) February 19, 2020