Ricardo Rodriguez is a Swiss footballer who plays as a left back for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. He started his career at FC Zürich in 2010 and in January 2012 he was sold to Wolfsburg for £7.5m. He has won honours such as DFB-Pokal, DFL-Supercup, FIFA U-17 World Cup, FC Zürich Fans’ Player of the Season and Swiss Footballer of the Year.
Back in 2014, The Express reported him as our fall-back full-back target and we’ve been linked with him since. In February, two years later. He showed up in the middle of all the other rumors, the same outlet posted an article saying: Left-backs Liverpool could sign to replace Alberto Moreno. Ricardo Rodriguez was on the list, but also Ben Chilwell who’s been heavily linked with us.
Ricardo has gone up from €15m to €28m since 2014, rumors and reports has said he has a buy-out clause at €25m. That he’s worth around €28m and has a buy-out clause at €25m is brilliant. At this point I believe it’s better to use the money on Rodriguez and not on Götze.
He’s tall, standing at 180cm and 77kg, and such size means there’s a real power to Rodriguez’s game, both in terms of his ability in one-on-one duels and in his running capacity.
He’s pretty good at dribbles and no-one can resist his magnificent left boot. Rodriguez was an effective attacking weapon for Dieter Hecking at Wolfsburg back in 14/15 season. He’s also a good passer, and has lovely crosses and long passes as he’s pretty good at finding his team-mates in the box. He can be a penalty-taker and he’s also a set-piece specialist.
Enough about his attacking strengths, and over to his defensive strengths. Rodriguez’ game is pretty much at his feet and tries to break up opposition moves with timely interceptions. Due to his size and aerial ability, he’s very effective with headed clearances from crosses and set-piece situations, and many of the powerful forwards are rarely able to expose him physically.
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Anyone who remembers his duel with Lionel Messi in the World Cup 2014, where he fell to ground before quickly recovered to win the ball as the Argentinian attempted to go past him, will back me up on this.
Due to his attacking abilities, he’s a player who may be guilty of playing too high, leaving too much space behind him and stretching the back four. The first person who comes to your mind is probably, Moreno. Let’s all remember Moreno gets out of position way more than Rodriguez does.
Overall, he’s a pretty promising package and with Klopp looking to solidify his defence, Rodriguez is the way to go. The Mirror are reporting that Arsenal are set to meet the Swiss international’s buyout clause. All things considered, Liverpool are going to be very ambitious to secure Rodriguez’ signature. The signing of Jonas Hector looks far likelier.
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