The name of Mario Gotze has been on the lips of Liverpool supporters for some time, and they have been handed a genuine boost in their hopes of signing the German.
Gotze has been frustrated at his lack of playing time at Bayern Munich this season, and had sought talks with incoming coach Carlo Ancelotti over his future.
However, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports that those talks did not go well. They say that Ancelotti informed Gotze that it might be better for him to leave Bayern if he wants to play every week. Refreshing honesty, but also news that’s certain to prick up the ears of Liverpool.
Gotze moved to Bayern in 2013 for a fee of €37m, so he’s unlikely to come cheap. He also scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, so you can see why he’d like to be starting every week. He’s started ten Bundesliga games this season.
Jurgen Klopp has made no secret of his love for Klopp, who he managed when at Dortmund, but refused to commit to any interest in signing him.
“I was pleased to hear that Mario put in a great performance for Germany on Tuesday,” Klopp told reporters on March 30.
“He is a player with extraordinary quality. He is trying to get fully fit again after a four-month spell on the sidelines due to injury.
“But that’s all I can say about Gotze. I am happy to talk about [Joel] Matip or about other things, but not about whether Gotze is a target for Liverpool.”