Mario Gotze's time at Bayern Munich appears to be over. Reports in Germany claimed earlier this week that Carlo Ancelotti had told the German playmaker to start looking for a new club if he wants regular first-team football.
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are likely to be one of the many clubs chasing his signature with Jurgen Klopp keen to seal a reunion on Merseyside.
The influential manager is planning to undergo a revolution at Anfield this summer and would love to have the man he originally discovered at Borussia Dortmund in his ranks ahead of next season.
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Klopp was, by all accounts, devastated when Gotze decided to leave Dortmund for Bayern Munich in 2013. Back then, he was one of the world's most exciting young talents and arrived at the Allianz Arena with a lot of expectation on to his shoulders.
But he has fallen completely out of favour under Pep Guardiola and finds himself on the bench more often than not. Things are unlikely to change under Ancelotti and, with just a year left on his contract, Bayern are ready to sell for just £20million.
Asking about Liverpool
The player himself appears to be preparing to leave the Bundesliga champions as well. The same report claims the 23-year-old has asked friends about life in Liverpool and has been peppering them with questions about the demands of players in the Premier League as well as Liverpool as a football club.
That would suggest he is fully prepared to consider a move to Anfield, where he could be offered the chance to play a key part in one of Europe's most exciting footballing projects.
Not only is Klopp expected to build a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title, but they are also just one Europa League win away from Champions League qualification.
Klopp keeping quiet
Klopp has kept shtum with regards to his apparent interest in Gotze, most recently saying: "I never say anything about a transfer, whether we are interested or not.
"I speak about transfers when they are done, not before. We can talk two hours about Mario but it wouldn’t change a percent whether he comes here or goes wherever."
Gotze has been criticised for his apparent lack of application by fans and pundits alike with former Germany international Mehmet Scholl most recently accusing him of being lazy.
He said: "Why can't he produce consistent performances? For me the answer is obvious - he has to train much, much more.
"I remember when he was very young at Dortmund. He was an arrow, he was so fast, he was so athletic. At the moment he is so far removed from that."
Gotze will certainly need to up his efforts if he plays under the tutelage of Klopp, who demands total commitment from his team.