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Liverpool ‘showing interest’ in Chelsea ace Antonio Rudiger after Dejan Lovren exit

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is looking for a new central defender after the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg and Antonio Rudiger is a name who has cropped up in his search.

Chelsea star Rudiger did not earn himself any praise from Frank Lampard with a series of questionable performances after football’s restart.

The German struggled against Arsenal in the FA Cup final and was dropped altogether for the 4-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Despite his troubles, Liverpool apparently are one of the teams that have ‘shown more interest’ in recruiting the 27-year-old, according to Mundo Deportivo’s live transfer rumours section.

Antonio Rudiger could be on his way out of Chelsea this summer
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Klopp has already snapped-up left-back Kostas Tsimikas after he completed an £11.5m move from Olympiacos on Monday evening.

There is a huge question mark over Rudiger’s future at Chelsea with no new contract in site for the defender who has two years left to run.

The 27-year-old started just 19 Premier League matches last season as Lampard regularly rotated his central defenders with Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori all sharing responsibilities at times.

Antonio Rudiger, the last man West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko faced to win the game 3-2, was replaced by Andreas Christensen
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The Daily Mail claim there is “little movement in terms of a new deal for the Germany international”.

Rudiger, 27, could also go back to Germany after a series of defensive howlers.

The Germany international cost £32.4m from Roma in 2017.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s new left-back Tsimikas has praised his counterpart Andy Robertson.

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