Toni Kroos has been one of Real Madrid’s best players for years. Steven Gerrard has previously been accused of luring him to Liverpool.
It was the magic pass that highlighted the qualities of Toni Kroos. He sent the bullet into the air with emotion, the target precisely specified and hit with the precision of a navigation device. Vinicius Junior thanked him and put him in the network. The German national team’s assists in the 2021 Champions League quarter-final first leg between Real Madrid and Liverpool (3-1) were of course also reflected on social media, “Querpass-Toni Has become a disarming mirror to all of Kroos’ critics.
It was not just this action that also filled the opposing coach with admiration for the 31-year-old. “He reminds me of Bernd Schuster,” Klopp said ahead of the second leg against Madrid, in which the Madrileños secured a 0-0 lead. Schuster’s name is well known in Madrid, after all he played for two years with the Royal and won the championship twice.
Klopp clearly noticed how much he would have liked to have had a Toni Kroos in his ranks. Had it been up to Liverpool, Kroos would have actually been under contract with the Reds when Klopp took office in October 2015. Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard revealed in his autobiography, My Story, that he had been tasked with convincing Kroos to move to Anfield in 2014.
“I played an unofficial role at the club to convince great players to come to Liverpool,” said the current Rangers head coach. “It was the same ritual every summer. The club would explain to me which player they were targeting and then they asked me to contact him. They thought a request from Liverpool would have more weight if it came from me,” said he told Gerrard.
Toni Kroos is under contract with Real Madrid until 2023.
Gerrard: Contact Kroos, “I was embarrassed”
Kroos was also on the Reds’ wishlist in 2014 after learning that the midfielder’s strategist would not be renewing his contract with Bayern Munich. So coach Brendan Rodgers asked his captain to come to Kroos. For Gerrard, it was a hopeless endeavor from the start.
“He just laughed when I told him we were wasting our time. We both admired Kroos a lot. I knew Real Madrid were making an offer for FC Bayern so I was embarrassed when I wrote to Kroos, “Gerrard recalls:” The German was on track to win the world title with his country and Real Madrid were the European champions. But it doesn’t hurt to try, so I try.
Kroos has won the Champions League four times with Real
Kroos’ reaction to his request stunned Gerrard. “Some of the best footballers in the world can be the most respectful. Kroos didn’t make me feel like a complete fool,” Gerrard said. But he couldn’t give her any positive news, the move to Real Madrid was more or less over. “We had a nice little exchange and I just said ‘Well done and good luck’,” recalls the 2005 Champions League winner.
The move should more than pay for Kroos. He has now won the Champions League four times with Real Madrid.