Not long after Jurgen Klopp was confirmed as the new Liverpool manager back in October, rumours linking Mario Gotze with a move to Anfield surfaced.
The Bayern Munich playmaker has blown hot and cold since arriving at the Allianz Arena from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2013, so reports of a reunion between the World Cup winner and Klopp were hardly surprising.
Following Bayern Munich’s 5-0 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday, Gotze was asked by a reporter whether Klopp has been in contact over a potential transfer to Liverpool - and he refused to rule out a move to Merseyside. (Scroll down to watch the video).
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“Did you get a call from Klopp?" Gotze was asked, per 101 Great Goals.
The 23-year-old, smiling, responded: “You’ll have to ask Jurgen that!”
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Gotze: Klopp still texts me
Over the weekend, Gotze also confirmed that he and Klopp still text from time to time.
"We are texting now and again," Gotze told ZDF TV, per ESPN. "He was my coach at Borussia Dortmund, but there is nothing special."
However, when asked if they had discussed a potential move to Anfield, Gotze replied: "No."
The man who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina admitted his future “hinges on many factors" but that his immediate focus is "that I win minutes and we have a successful run-in."
"Everything else will show in the future,” he added.
Gotze back after lengthy injury lay-off
Saturday was Gotze’s first appearance for Bayern Munich since October, following a lengthy injury lay-off.
The former Dortmund attacking midfielder was an unused substitute in the matches against Darmstadt, Juventus, Wolfsburg, Mainz and his former employers, but was handed 54 minutes against Bremen and is now in contention to start in the Champions League last-16 second leg against Juve on Wednesday.
Gotze can still improve
It could be argued that Gotze hasn’t progressed at the rate Bayern Munich would have hoped when they paid Borussia Dortmund £32 million for his services almost three years ago.
However, there’s no denying he remains a supremely talented player and has the potential to improve over the next few seasons.
Gotze himself is probably aware that he would become the main man at Liverpool if he was to join the Reds this summer.
Gotze: If Klopp wants me - he should approach me
Back in January, he told Klopp - via the media - that if he wants to sign him, he should make an approach.
“I can rule out a move to Liverpool this winter,” Gotze was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “I don’t know where the rumours about Klopp and me are coming from.
“I have not heard anything. You should ask Klopp if he wants me at Liverpool. If he wants me, he should approach me.
“I have six nice months ahead of me. It is always annoying when you cannot play and cannot help the team.
“It is only normal that you think about things like that. But you have to look at the positives and build on those.”
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