Liverpool should target a free move for Antonio Rudiger as the out-of-contract Chelsea star would make the perfect defensive partner for Virgil van Dijk, says Jamie Redknapp.
Rudiger, 28, is set to become a free agent at the end of June after turning down an extension offer worth £140,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge.
Reports suggest the Germany international is still hoping to extend his Chelsea deal beyond the summer, but as things stand he will be available to snap up on a free transfer in July.
Jamie Redknapp says Antonio Rudiger (right) would be Virgil van Dijk’s perfect partner (left)
And Redknapp, who racked up over 300 appearances for Liverpool, believes his former club should be looking at bringing Rudiger to Anfield this summer.
‘There’s not many like him in world football. A lot of centre-backs now, they’re nice,’ he said on Sky Sports.
‘Since Thomas Tuchel came in he’s been a revelation. One of the reasons is that back three and certainly because of him.
Rudiger has been instrumental in Chelsea’s recent success under Thomas Tuchel
Redknapp is a big fan of the 28-year-old and would love to see Liverpool sign him this summer
‘He’s a one-off to that extent. If you’re Chelsea, you’re doing everything (to keep him). 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 a free transfer in the summer, not going to cost you any money. Just obviously a massive wage is what he will want.’
Rudiger was the hero for Chelsea in their 1-0 win away at Tottenham on Wednesday night, with his header proving the difference in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie.
The ex-Reds midfielder believes Rudiger would slot in perfectly alongside Van Dijk in defence
After helping them claim a 3-0 aggregate win over Spurs, the centre-back admitted he is playing the best football of his career right now under Thomas Tuchel.
‘I am enjoying it,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘I think you have to see it about chapters, and I have enjoyed this chapter, I have enjoyed it so far. It is the best time of my career.’