The picture that all Liverpool fans have dreamed of seeing has emerged: Marco Reus in a Liverpool shirt.
Unfortunately, it’s not what you think. The Reds haven’t just announced the signing of the Borussia Dortmund star.
Reus didn’t swap shirts with any Liverpool players after last night’s Europa League contest, either. Instead, he was a mascot at the 2001 UEFA Cup final, when Liverpool played Spanish club Alaves.
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The picture was posted by Reus’ teammate Kevin Grosskreutz on Instagram on Friday morning. It shows the Dortmund duo wearing Liverpool shirts as the German club’s Signal Iduna Park stadium hosted the final.
Reus and Grosskreutz, 11 and 12 respectively at the time of the photo, joined Dortmund’s academy in 1994 and Reus remains there to this day.
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Reus in a Liverpool shirt:
The Dortmund winger has been linked with a move away from the Westfalenstadion and Liverpool, managed by his former boss Jurgen Klopp, has been tipped as a likely destination.
It’s only Reus’ loyalty to his club that has prevented him from leaving Dortmund and Jamie Carragher is one of many who wants to see him at Anfield.
“The squad lacks a top player who can have an immediate impact," Carragher told Bild in February, per Goal. “I’d like to see Dortmund’s Marco Reus on the wing. He’d be a great fit.
"Add a forward and central midfielder to it and you can build on it.”
Gotze to Liverpool
If any German player is likely to leave the Bundesliga for Merseyside it seems likely to be Reus’ former teammate Mario Gotze.
The playmaker is unsettled at Bayern Munich and has been heavily linked with a reunion with Klopp.
The 48-year-old recently said Gotze has “exceptional quality”, and Liverpool fans’ ears will have perked up when Thomas Muller admitted the World Cup hero isn’t entirely happy in Bavaria.
Joachim Low, Germany’s manager, also noticed a change in Gotze and has spoken with the 23-year-old about his predicament.
“I can understand the situation at Bayern, to an extent, from afar," Low said, per Sky Sports. "Mario has long been injured this season and there have been very, very important matches.
“I’ve noticed in training that, in regards to his fitness and form, Mario isn't yet where he was before his injury. You can see he's lacking match practice, but I will definitely count on him for the European championships.
“It’s always worth it to support Mario, because he can do things which other players can't do.”
Reus has already worn a Liverpool shirt. Gotze might possibly be next.