Liverpool urged to make statement Antonio Rudiger signing from Chelsea by Jamie Redknapp

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Jamie Redknapp wants his former side Liverpool to sign Antonio Rudiger – so the German can play alongside Virgil van Dijk. Chelsea’s defensive stalwart is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer with the Blues still optimistic they’ll be able to strike a deal with the player and his reps.

This time last year, Rudiger was actually out of favour in west London under former manager Frank Lampard

But the Englishman’s dismissal was a line in the sand for the bullish defender and the chance to turn over a new leaf under Thomas Tuchel.

It was an opportunity Rudiger grasped with both hands, consolidating his reputation as one of the best centre-backs in world football.

However, negotiating terms and an improved salary has proved complicated with Chelsea now facing the prospect of losing their talismanic defensive leader.

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And former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp believes the Reds would be mad not to throw their hat into the ring.

“He’s a one off to that extent. If you’re Chelsea, you’re doing everything (to keep him),” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“But from his point of view he’s in a good position, everyone will want him.

“I look at my team, Liverpool. You can imagine him alongside Van Dijk. He’s free transfer in the summer, not going to cost you any money.

“Just obviously a massive wage is what he will want.”

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Rudiger is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs now he is in the final six months of his contract.

Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are among a long list of interested parties.

Manchester City and Tottenham are also believed to be open to signing Rudiger on a free transfer.

Rudiger has already made his thoughts clear on Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who was in charge of the first-team at Borussia Dortmund when the defender was coming through the youth ranks at the club.

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“I didn’t get much, but when he spoke to me at the friendly match I saw he’s a coach that gives you motivation like you’re the best in the world,” Rudiger said back in 2018.

“That’s very good and one of his best skills as a coach.

“He had nothing to do with [me leaving], because I was in the youth [team]. I knew for myself I had to leave Dortmund to play first-team football. I spoke to him twice, because he used to watch a lot of academy games. He also invited me to a friendly match.

“I was 16, or something like that. For me, it was important because at the time, Dortmund won the league twice in a row. There was almost no chance [to make my debut]. So for me, I was young but I was very realistic. I thought: ‘Okay, maybe I need to go’.

“It wasn’t a step back, maybe it was even a step forward. I went to a team that was a bit lower [in the table] but I was playing.”

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