Brendan Rodgers has hailed rumoured Liverpool target Youri Tielemans as ‘very talented’ following his comments about a new contract at Leicester City, as he told Sky Sports.
It has been suggested by the Telegraph that Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp are big fans of the Belgium international, who has two-years left on his current deal.
But talk of the technically-gifted midfielder penning down a new deal at the King Power seems to be stalling, and Tielemans has come out since and said that he is ‘open to everything’, as he told Sky Sports.
Given the nature of Tielemans comments, Rodgers was asked what he made of them, as he stated that he has ‘no idea’ why talks are dragging on about him signing a new contract.
“There’s no drama with it,” said Rodgers. “It’s just the reality of the situation. It only becomes a problem to me if there’s a lack of commitment or there’s not the same intensity but that’s never been the case with Youri.
“It’s natural, he is a very talented player who is in discussions with the club and we’ll see where that takes us.
“I have no idea [why it is dragging on], I concentrate on the football and making sure he is the best player he can be, giving him the support, environment and culture to be that.
“He is a top-class professional and a joy to work with and while he is here – for however long that is – he will always give and I will always give the best to his development.”
There could be the possibility that Tielemans is aware of the interest in him because several Premier League sides are looking at his talents.
And perhaps that has swayed the £40 million man (BBC Sport) to put his foot on the brakes and see what comes of that interest next summer.
Liverpool just lost Gini Wijnaldum this summer and they opted against replacing the Dutchman in the middle of the park.
Both Wijnaldum and Tielemans are very efficient, comfortable and quick-thinking on the ball, so it’s understandable how he could fit the bill in that regard.
In terms of off-the-ball, there’s no doubt that the now PSG star is a much better player because of his work rate and ability to sense danger.
Either way, Liverpool should be comforted by Tielemans comments because it does seem as though he will be happy to leave if someone puts money on the table for him.