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17th Apr, 2018 | 7:14pm

Liverpool can sweep rivals away in 18/19 by pouncing on 6ft 2in enforcer after PL omission

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Liverpool would send a signal of their intentions to the rest of the footballing world this summer if they could steal in on Chelsea by signing their centre-back Antonio Rudiger from under their noses.

The Blues defender was left out of manager Antonio Conte’s side as the Blues took on Southampton at the weekend in a game the champions won 3-2, despite being 2-0 down to the relegation side.

And Rudiger, who questioned his boss’ tactics after the side’s 1-1 draw against West Ham in their previous outing in the Premier League, publicly admitted that he was fit and available for selection.

Only during last season’s summer transfer window, Chelsea sanctioned the sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United so Roman Abramovic has previous when it comes to selling their top stars to rivals.

After only arriving from Roma ready for the start of this season, the German has found himself in and out of the side but in a move from Conte which would seem to signal how highly he rates the 25-year-old, he was selected to play against Barcelona in the Blues must-win game in the Champions League.

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Ther German international is an undoubted talent and with the defensive instability in the back that continues to plague Liverpool, a partnership between Virgil van Dijk and the former Borussia Dortmund enforcer would take the Reds on to the next level.

Rudiger has a contract with the Blues until 2022 though, so Jurgen Klopp will need to work his magic to convince the Stamford Bridge hierarchy to sell the defender.

But with a sense that not all is well in West London for the German, he could well be on his way out anyway this summer.

In other Liverpool news, Reds secure seven-figure transfer windfall after terms agreed with Man City – Times.

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