Liverpool fans could be forgiven if they’ve decided to take the Mario Gotze rumours with a pinch of salt.
Reports claim Jurgen Klopp wants to bring the Bayern Munich playmaker to Anfield in the summer - per the Mirror - and is prepared to ask Liverpool to spend £37 million in order to make it happen.
Klopp, of course, was the coach who helped Gotze develop into one of the world’s best attacking midfielders during their time working together at Borussia Dortmund - and rumours linking Liverpool to the 23-year-old, who has failed to produce his best form at the Allianz Arena, were inevitable.
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However, there’s been an encouraging update from the Guardian’s reliable German football journalist Raphael Honigstein.
The BT Sport pundit has taken to Twitter to let Liverpool fans know that there could be something in this story.
“Götze is certainly injured enough for LFC. Unlikely to come back before February,” Honigstein joked, before adding: “But seriously: could well happen in the summer.”
Gotze could be tempted by Liverpool
Gotze and Klopp still have a great deal of mutual respect, despite the fact the former walked out on Borussia Dortmund for their fierce domestic rivals after the 2013 Champions League final between the two clubs at Wembley.
Gotze was tipped to become Bayern Munich’s version of Lionel Messi after Pep Guardiola joined the German giants in the summer of 2013, but it’s not all been plain sailing for the World Cup winner.
With Carlo Ancelotti set to replace Guardiola at Bayern Munich this summer, Gotze may sense a fresh opportunity to establish himself as the main man at the Allianz Arena.
But there’s a chance that he could be tempted to embark on a brand new challenge in the Premier League while reuniting with his former boss at Anfield.
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