As the current Premier League season nears its end, the summer transfer window approaches and rumours begin to spill out of every available orifice the media has to offer.
Some are downright ridiculous whilst others may actually carry some substance, with Liverpool fans hoping speculation surrounding Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze will fall into the latter category.
As reported by the Mirror, Gotze is unhappy with his bit-part role at the Allianz-Arena and wants to reunite with Jurgen Klopp, under whom he played his best football at Borussia Dortmund.
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£20 million is the reported fee in question, which for a player of the German's quality would be an absolute steal and arguably the Reds' best piece of business since the capture of Luis Suarez in 2011.
Liverpool have struggled to fill the void left by the Uruguyan's departure in 2014, but signing a player like Gotze would be a huge statement of intent and one that might help other European stars follow suit.
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If Klopp can hold onto the array of talented attacking talent he has at his disposal on Merseyside, such as Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, and add Gotze to his ranks, Liverpool's front line would be a force to be reckoned with.
All four would be capable of playing in almost every position across the front line and offer their manager a number of dangerous combinations capable of tearing apart opposition defences.
As a youngster, Gotze played an integral role in Dortmund's Bundesliga glory in 2010/11 and 2011/12, also helping his side to a DFB-Pokal triumph in 2012.
The cherry on top of his Dortmund CV would have been a Champions League title in 2012/13 but for Klopp's side falling to defeat against rivals Bayern, whom Gotze would join the following summer.
A mixture of injury niggles and intense competition for places in Bavaria has seen the German struggle to cement a place in Bayern's starting XI yet he's still proved vital in winning consecutive Bundesliga crowns and various other silverware.
Ultimately, Gotze is Klopp's golden boy. The youngster's arrival would be a massive coup and a step in the right direction in restoring glory at Anfield.
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