Jurgen Klopp's affection for Borussia Dortmund was obvious when his Liverpool side defeated the Bundesliga outfit in the Europa League.
Liverpool were delighted to get one over on their boss' old club as they twice fought back from two goals down to win 4-3, but this summer Dortmund could get their revenge by signing one of the Reds' main targets.
World Cup winner Mario Gotze has been in secret talks with Dortmund, according to German newspaper Abendzeitung, with his current club Bayern Munich listening to offers.
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The Liverpool Echo point out that Bayern may sell the 23-year-old this summer, as he has just a year left to run on his contract and they could lose him for nothing if he chooses to go at the end of next season.
He is unlikely to make a formal decision on his future until after Euro 2016, but staying in the Bundesliga could be the best thing for his international career. Then again, scoring the winning goal in the World Cup final has probably done the trick already.
Even if Gotze does not return to Dortmund, the club where he started his career and scored 22 goals in 83 appearances, BVB could still frustrate Klopp this summer by beating him to the signing of Ousmane Dembele.
Liverpool need creativity
Barcelona and Bayern Munich recently joined the race to sign the highly-rated youngster, but reports in Germany claimed he had actually signed for Borussia. Though his agent insisted those reports were wide of the mark, they could still trigger alarms at Liverpool as the club look to sign another creative player to replace Mario Balotelli and Christian Benteke, both of whom are expected to leave.
Liverpool's recent form suggests that Klopp's strategy is finally falling into place after a mixed first six months on Merseyside. He is yet to make the squad his own, but this coming transfer window will be telling - that is, as long as Dortmund don't thwart his plans.
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