16 Feb 2016

Anfield MegaDeal: 'Liverpool' could try and sign 'miracle' €50m attacker this summer claims Sky Sports journo

Last month, Liverpool Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze strongly hinted that a future move to Liverpool is a definite possibility, and new reports this week suggest that €50m-rated attacker may be open to a Klopp reunion this summer...but only if two specific conditions are met.

In January, The Mirror claimed:

"Jurgen Klopp is targeting a summer bid to take Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze to Liverpool. His contract expires in 2017 and he has yet to open talks over a new one".

Earlier today, Sky Sports Germany expert Kristian Sommer suggested that Liverpool may be able to sign Gotze this summer:

"Gotze [is] one of Klopp's former favorites. Liverpool would not only have to pay a lot of money but reach the Champions League. Who knows?"

Gotze recently hailed Klopp as a 'very good coach' and waxed lyrical about their 'outstanding cooperation' at Dortmund, and when asked specifically about Liverpool, he mused:

"I can rule out a move to Liverpool this winter. You should ask Klopp if he wants me at Liverpool. If he wants me, he should approach me".

Based on his comments, it seems pretty clear to me:

* Gotze is clearly open to a Klopp reunion at Anfield, but he'll wait to see if he figures in Carlo Ancelotti's plans.

* He's using the Liverpool speculation to indirectly send a message to Bayern: Play me more, or I'll leave.

All of which is fair enough, especially given Xherdan Shaqiri's experience at Bayern. There are clear parallels between Gotze and Shaqiri (Excellent young players who struggled to become first choice at the Allianz Arena), and a new manager at the end of the season inevitably means more big signings (and more competition for Gotze's place in the team).

Prior to losing him to Bayern Munich, Klopp brought Gotze through Dortmund's youth system and into the first team (where he helped BVB win the league), so it'll makes sense if Liverpool make a move for him this summer.

Germany boss Joachim Low - who once suggested that Gotze is 'better than Messi' - has described the 22-year old as a 'miracle' player, and after the 2014 World Cup final, he raved:

"He [Gotze] is the wonder who can play in numerous positions. He is the decider who can come on and make a difference".

€50m seems like a huge transfer fee, but if Anthony Martial is worth £58m (a fee Manchester United may end up paying), then it could be argued that Gotze is a comparative bargain.

Alas, Liverpool have next to no chance of qualifying for the Champions League this season. The only realistic way in is to win the Europa League, and given the teams still left in the competition, that's easier said than done.

Author: Jaimie K


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