Former Netherlands international Rene van der Gijp has mocked Mario Gotze for admitting he should’ve moved to Liverpool when he had the chance.
Gotze had his breakthrough season at Dortmund in 2010-11 under Jurgen Klopp before announcing himself on the international stage at the 2014 World Cup, bagging the winning goal as Germany lifted the title.
He then moved to Bayern Munich for three seasons before returning to Dortmund, despite interest from his former manager Klopp at Liverpool.
Gotze, who is now playing for PSV in the Eredivisie, said this week that he “should have joined Liverpool” when he had the chance to.
“We are still in touch and we spoke back then about me coming to Liverpool,” Gotze said in an interview with the Daily Mail. “But I wasn’t in a state of mind where I could consider it, that’s why it didn’t happen.
“Do I regret it? It’s always difficult to look back but if you ask me now then yeah, I should have joined Liverpool for sure. I just made a wrong decision but it’s not a regret.”
But Van der Gijp, who has been less than impressed with Gotze’s performances during his time in the Netherlands, claims Gotze would “never have played” for Liverpool.
“I really thought that he had a very good image of himself,” Van der Gijp said on Today Inside (via MSN).
“That he thinks: I will play in the Netherlands; I am only seventy per cent fit. And then I’ll be fine, against the NECs of this world.
“But recently, I heard that he would rather have chosen Liverpool. Then I think: Yes, goddamn, you would never have played there, man.
“With Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané. Then I think: Jesus, how can you say that?”
Ahead of Liverpool’s match against Manchester City on Saturday, Klopp admits he would have been disappointed had his side not produced a response to the Citizen’s 14-point advantage at the top of the table.
Klopp said: “The 100 percent truth is that what we did was normal. If we hadn’t tried I would be disappointed.
“If you go into the season and the only thing you have is to win the league, then we are not that club, we can’t be that club because of City and the other teams (also wanting to win it).
“So, not winning the league will be disappointing but there are other things to go for qualification for Champions League, other cup competitions, the Champions League.
“There is a lot to go for and for those you need momentum and you need rhythm. Whatever situation you are in, come early January it’s a situation, so work from there and don’t suffer because of it.
“If the gap is too big then close it – to one point. That was not about us, we just won the games but City didn’t win all their games.
“That is what I expected from us. I don’t expect us to win all the games, but to try constantly and that’s what we did.
“We knew it was 14 points but we didn’t care we just had to win as many points as possible until the end of the season that situation doesn’t change.”