Friday 24 November 2017

Jurgen Klopp addresses Mario Gotze rumours after German star's return to form

Mario Gotze and Jurgen Klopp
Mario Gotze and Jurgen Klopp

This is destined to be this summer's drawn out transfer saga - yet another involving Liverpool.

In 2014 it was Luis Suarez to Barcelona, last year it was Raheem Sterling to Man City and for 2016 it looks like Mario Gotze's potential move from Bayern Munich to Anfield will dominate the headlines.

The German attacker excelled under Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp during their time together at Borussia Dortmund but Gotze - who netted the winner in the 2014 World Cup final - hasn't been able to replicate his previously stellar form since joining Bayern in 2013.

A combination of injuries and poor form has seen Pep Guardiola reluctant to hand Gotze much game time and all signs point to his departure in the summer.

A lot of top clubs would be interested in Gotze but according to a multitude of reports, Klopp's relationship with his former player makes Liverpool the most likely destination were he to leave Munich.

Klopp was asked about the potential move by German reporters at a press conference this afternoon, and didn't give much away about his plans.

"We can talk about [Joel] Matip or something else, but not Mario," Klopp said in quotes reported by ESPN.

"I am happy that he put in a good performance yesterday [in Germany's 4-1 win]. But there is nothing to add from my side. He's a player with extraordinary abilities and wants to return to full fitness after four months on the sidelines."

'Nothing to add' at the moment, but with Klopp set to be given a mammoth war chest in the summer transfer window, this is certainly something to keep tabs on in the coming months.

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