Liverpool are still set to press ahead with a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze despite missing out on European football for the 2016/17 season.
The Reds suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Spanish outfit Sevilla in the Europa League final in Switzerland on Wednesday night.
Despite taking the lead at St. Jakob Stadium - Daniel Sturridge netted a fine strike with the outside of his foot - Jurgen Klopp's side crumbled in the final 45 minutes and fell at the final hurdle.
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Liverpool would have secured a place in the Champions League if they had beaten Sevilla, but now they will be without European football.
But, according to the Independent, that won't stop the Merseyside club swooping for Gotze in the upcoming transfer window.
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The Germany international, who previously starred under Klopp's guidance at Borussia Dortmund, has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield recently.
Gotze may well have struggled to make an impact in Germany this season, but he's still recognised as one of the leading attacking midfielders in Europe.
Ultimately, then, the signing of Gotze would prove a valuable coup for the Reds, but it's far from certain as to whether he will be interested in joining them.
Liverpool will be different
Following the club's defeat in Switzerland, Klopp admitted that his Liverpool team will have a different look about the next season, while he also insisted that Wednesday's defeat could prove the decisive moment for the club in their pursuit of success.
Speaking after the game, as per the Liverpool Echo, Klopp stated: “This team will be a little bit different next year, that's clear. We we will do something with transfers, that's clear.
“First of all, we need to use the experience. I'm sure we will be in a final again and have decisive moments, and if we have decisive moments we all have to react better.
“It is clear we are not in a European tournament next year so we don't have football on Wednesday or Thursday so we will have time to train and we will for sure come back stronger.
“Hopefully we have nobody injured early in pre-season. Euro 2016 will be a long tournament for a lot of my players. Then we have a short break and start again.
“We had a few moments where we have overperformed but then to have this consistency in the game you need a bit more time.
“They are still young, the players' first big final, but unfortunately it is the second time this season (we've lost one).
“We will use this experience together and then some day everyone will say Basel was a very decisive moment in the future of Liverpool.”
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