What did reported Liverpool target Fabian Ruiz say about Jurgen Klopp?

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates following his sides victory in the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in...

Premier League title challengers Liverpool are reportedly keen to sign Fabian Ruiz from Serie A powerhouses Napoli.

Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool and Fabian Ruiz of Napoli during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool and SSC Napoli at Anfield on December 11, 2018 in Liverpool,...

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool obviously left a lasting impression on Fabian Ruiz.

Napoli’s left-footed midfield maestro started both games as Carlo Ancelotti’s side took on the Reds during the group stage of last season’s Champions League.

The Partenopei won at a raucous Stadio San Paolo thanks to a last-gasp Lorenzo Insigne strike but fell short when it really mattered at Anfield six weeks later. Mo Salah scored the only goal of the game and Napol’s Champions League journey was over at the first hurdle, thwarted by a brilliant Alisson Becker save in the dying seconds.

 

Liverpool, of course, would go onto win Europe’s biggest club competition for the sixth time in Madrid and Ruiz was forced to watch on wistfully and wonder what might have been. Small margins indeed.

"The truth is that we could've progressed and eliminated Liverpool, but they got through (the group) on goal difference in the end,” the Xavi-loving Spain international told Marca before tipping the Merseyside giants to beat Tottenham in the final. They did of course, Salah and Divock Origi securing a 2-0 win.

Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-2 during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on...

"(Jurgen) Klopp has done a very good job, they never gave up. That's why I think Liverpool will not let the final escape them this year."

It seems the admiration is mutual. According to Calciomercato, Liverpool are keen to bring Ruiz to Anfield in 2020, two years after he joined Napoli from Real Betis for a bargain £26 million (Goal).

Classy and deceptively skilful despite his rangy stride, Ruiz clearly knows what makes Liverpool tick and he’d surely have no problems slotting into an already star-studded midfield.

Fabian Ruiz of Spain is seen during the match against Romania of UEFA Euro 2020 Group F qualifier football match on National Arena stadium in Bucharest September 05, 2019. (Photo by Daniel...

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