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Mario Gotze is still expected to leave Bayern Munich..

Jurgen Klopp decides against Liverpool bid for Mario Gotze

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Mario Gotze is expected to leave Bayern Munich this summer but Liverpool will not be amongst the clubs chasing his signature, according to the Liverpool Echo.

It had been widely reported that Jurgen Klopp was hoping to sign the German playmaker in a deal worth in the region of £20million. 

Gotze has fallen out of favour at the Allianz Arena and has just 12 months left on his contract. New manager Carlo Ancelotti is not believed to be one of his biggest fans and has told him he can leave.

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A poor Euro 2016 campaign has only seen Gotze move further from the Italian's first-team plans and it appears to have put off Klopp as well.

Having originally brought him through Borussia Dortmund's youth system, a reunion at Anfield only seemed natural when Gotze was made available, but after strong consideration, the 49-year-old head coach has decided against a move.

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The reasons

Klopp took the decision after sealing the £30m signing of Southampton forward Sadio Mane. The Senegal international joins an array of attacking options on Merseyside, including Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings.

Liverpool also enjoy some of finest deeper attacking players the Premier League has to offer with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Sheyi Ojo and Lazar Markovic all on the books. As a result, Klopp no longer feels there is a vacancy for Gotze in his squad.

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Alternatives

That could open the door for Premier League rivals Tottenham, who have shown an interest in recent days but Borussia Dortmund are likely to be at the front of the queue.

The Bundesliga club remain close to Gotze's heart and are also cash rich after selling Mats Hummels and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer.

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