Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern will be wondering what could have been if they had managed to sign this World Cup winner, yet they appear to have been handed a major boost should they look to do so once again.
And that’s because, according to DAZN (via The Daily Mirror), Mario Gotze was once close to joining the Reds, and has stated that he still remains keen on the idea of joining former manager Jurgen Klopp in the future.
The 26-year-old, who scored the only goal of the World Cup final in 2014, revealed that he could have signed for Liverpool rather than returning back to Borussia Dortmund from Bayern Munich in 2016, saying: ‘I decided to leave Bayern and Jurgen Klopp was interested in getting me to Liverpool. And I was also interested in working with him again.
‘[The desire to work with Klopp again] still exists. He is a world-class coach and that’s why it’s always an option. I decided to join Borussia Dortmund, but it was not a decision against Liverpool or Jurgen Klopp.’
And following news that their club look set to miss out on Nail Fekir and Alisson this summer, this recent update is likely to come as encouraging news to our slightly downbeat Liverpudlians in the Tavern.
Landlord’s Verdict: The German attacking midfielder has always been considered one of the greatest talents and, at just 26 years of age, many of the locals would still feel he has something he can offer to the side.
Gotze has struggled in the past couple of seasons through illness, which has affected his ability to play, although it is believed he has recovered from the worst of it and could see him link up with Klopp in the future, in news which will surely be welcomed by Liverpool fans up and down the country.
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