RB Leipzig man Tyler Adams has explained why teammate Timo Werner is so special. The American sees Werner as a ‘unique piece’.
“People are often focused not just on his goalscoring ability but how fast he is, he’s absolutely rapid,” Adams told ESPN. “That’s not one of the qualities that sticks out the most.
“The quality that sticks out the most is how many ways he’s able to score. He can score from the left, the right, centrally, we played him as a number ten and he was running out of the midfield and scoring goals.
“There’s just so many roles you can fit him in, that’s what makes him such a unique piece.”
Werner has certainly shown those qualities this season. The German has scored 27 goals for Leipzig this season, assisting another nine. Those goals came from three different roles, too – striker, No.10, and out on the left (per Whoscored).
Reports have linked Liverpool with a move for quite some time, of course. The Independent, for instance, believe the Reds want Werner for around £50m.
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It’s certainly exciting to see such a glowing appraisal of Werner from a teammate. Adams makes the Leipzig no.11 sound like an absolute star and, honestly, like a perfect Liverpool player.
We know that Jurgen Klopp likes pace up top, for instance. Both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah leave defenders in their dust – it’s a key part of Liverpool’s counter-attack. And so for Adams to describe Werner as ‘absolutely rapid’ is exciting.
Then there’s that versatility. It’s another trait that Klopp loves and nearly all of his players can play at least two roles. Salah can play wide right or up top, for instance. Mane has played on both wings and as a striker. Roberto Firmino can play no.9 or no.10.
So Werner being able to play and score from multiple positions makes him a wonderful prospect. Adams describes him as a ‘unique piece’ and that’s exactly what Liverpool like.
This is a player the club should really push for.