Owen Hargreaves makes Timo Werner and Fernando Torres comparison

Owen Hargreaves believes Timo Werner will be looking at how Liverpool star Fernando Torres flopped at Chelsea when he's deciding on whether his future lies at Anfield or Stamford Bridge.

Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard are expected to become embroiled in a £52million arm wrestle for RB Leipzig's coveted striker in the summer.

And former Bayern Munich, Manchester United and England midfielder Hargreaves says Werner must choose the best fit.

Hargreaves, now a pundit for BT Sport recalled how Torres failed to hit the heights after swapping Liverpool for Chelsea in a £50million deal in 2011.

He said: “I think Timo Werner is going to score goals wherever he goes, but I believe his decision will come down to personnel.

“Timo will now be doing his homework on who will be a good fit for his game.

“We saw this with Fernando Torres when he left Liverpool. The way they played – an incredibly defensive team with Stevie Gerrard playing those balls through the middle.

“It was a match made in heaven.

“Then Torres went to Chelsea, a team that had a lot of slow possession and there was no space for him to run into.

“In the end, that’s not a great fit. Fernando was a super player and Chelsea were a super team – but you have got to play to a player's strengths.

“I think Timo Werner is that type, the Fernando Torres type, where he is super explosive. He will run away from anyone.

“Having that ability to run in behind and into that space, it would suit his game – and Liverpool can do that.

“They counter and transition better than anyone. He would suit Liverpool.”

Werner, 24, has scored 28 goals for club and country this season.

Leipzig are once again on course for a top-four finish in the Bundesliga and are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time after destroying Tottenham.

The German club have said they will not stand in the striker's way if he wants to leave – and Werner is known to be a huge admirer of Klopp.

Hargreaves added: “Timo Werner is a goalscorer – and he will score goals in the Premier League.

“He has just got to make sure that he gets the right club.

“I am sure that is what he is doing now, making sure he makes the move that is right for him.”

Werner began his career with hometown club Stuttgart – and became the club's youngest-ever goalscorer when he found the target in a Europa League qualifier against Botev Plovdiv at the age of 17 years and 23 days in August 2013.

He played more than 100 games for Stuttgart before Leipzig tempted him away in a club-record £9million deal in 2016.

Werner was the youngest player to make 50, 100, 150 and 200 appearances in the Bundesliga

He has represented Germany at every level from Under-15s, with his 29 senior international appearances bringing him 11 goals.

There have been suggestions that the financial implications of the covid-19 pandemic on the transfer market may force Liverpool to hold off on making a move for the striker for another 12 months.

That would open the door for Chelsea.

Lampard has bemoaned his young team's lack of firepower this season and signing the man who scored three goals to win the Golden Boot at the 2017 Confederations Cup would address that issue.

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