In the wake of new ties to the Merseyside-based club, Antonio Rudiger has previously claimed that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp makes his players feel world-class.
Due to Marina Granovskaia’s inability to reach an agreement with the defender on terms for a new contract, Rudiger, 28, will be free to speak to any clubs on the continent from January.
As a result, the Reds have joined a long list of clubs that are keeping a careful eye on the circumstances surrounding the Die Mannschaft international’s current situation in SW6.
According to Eurosport and the Liverpool Echo, the Reds are monitoring Rudiger’s contract situation at Chelsea.
Liverpool is being kept informed about Rudiger’s contract predicament, according to the report, and might make a move if the opportunity arises.
Granovskaia’s newest offer of £140,000 is still £60,000 short of Rudiger’s demands of £200,000 per week, resulting in a present impasse in negotiations surrounding the matter at hand.
With the Chelsea number two’s future uncertain, his previous admissions about Jurgen Klopp and his admiration for his fellow countryman may worry Chelsea supporters.
In an interview with Goal in 2018, the 28-year-old singled out Klopp’s man-management ability as one of several qualities that he admires.
“I didn’t get much,” he explained, “but when he spoke to me at the friendly match, I noticed he’s a coach who motivates you as if you’re the best in the world.”
“That’s a great skill and one of his greatest as a coach.”
“Because I was in the young team, he had nothing to do with my leaving.” I knew I needed to leave Dortmund in order to play first-team football. Because he used to watch a lot of academy games, I chatted with him twice. He also invited me to play in a friendly match with him.
I was about 16 years old at the time. It was significant to me because Dortmund had just won the league twice in a row at the time. Making my debut was almost impossible. So, while I was young, I was also quite practical. ‘OK, maybe I should leave,’ I reasoned.
“It wasn’t a step back; in fact, it might even have been a stride forward. I joined a squad that was a little lower in the rankings, but I was still allowed to play.”
Of course, the player himself had to leave Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund in 2011 to make his reputation at Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.
His time at VfB led to further moves to AS Roma and Chelsea, but his glowing assessment of the 54-year-old serial winner’s skills suggests that a move to the North West of England for the player himself isn’t out of the question if contract talks with the west Londoners go through.
Nwachineke Onyeke Chekwube reporting, Obinwannem news writer/ October 28, 2021.