By Alan Hutton

28th Jun, 2022 | 7:30pm

Liverpool could sign 'surprise' Sadio Mane replacement after source's reveal - pundit

Chelsea striker Timo Werner could potentially replace Sadio Mane at Liverpool, according to Alan Hutton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Tottenham defender said Werner, 26, would fit into Jurgen Klopp’s system at Anfield.

A recruitment source told this site (23 June) that Liverpool are plotting a move for the Chelsea striker although no discussions have taken place between the two clubs.

Werner joined Chelsea in 2020 from RB Leipzig and penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

The forward has struggled to find consistency during his time at the Blues.

However, Hutton believes the German could be a success on Merseyside.

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“I think Werner can bring something with his pace and his trickery,” he told Football Insider.

“I think he could fit into the system. I think if you look at the way Liverpool have played over the years Klopp has been there, he likes that type of winger coming in from the side of the pitch and I think that’s where he’s better.

I don’t think Werner’s an out and out number nine to me, I think he misses too many opportunities but he’s a problem out on the wing, he’s a problem for defenders, the way Mane was and obviously with him leaving there’s possibly room.

I’d be very surprised if Chelsea just let him go. With Lukaku leaving they won’t want to leave themselves short so I can’t see it happening.

Werner played 37 games for Chelsea last season.

He scored 11 goals and provided six assists.

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