4 Mar 2016

Yes Please: After £300m boost, Liverpool chase 'miracle' €50m attacker with 56 goals/assists at Bayern

After record financial results this week, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly set to receive a substantial transfer budget this summer, and new reports this week suggest that Klopp will use the funds to try and bring Mario Gotze to Anfield.

The club's latest accounts show that Liverpool's revenue (for year ending 31 May 2015) increased 16.5% to a record £297.9m, and according to The Guardian:

"Liverpool have said that Jürgen Klopp will be given substantial funds to overhaul his squad this summer [and] Mario Götze [is a] target for a manager".

Ian Ayre also confirmed:

“[Liverpool have always] backed the manager and there will be no difference with Jürgen this summer. Everyone can expect what they have always seen, which is to give the manager the support he needs".

€50m-rated 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:

"You should ask Klopp if he wants me at Liverpool. If he wants me, he should approach me".

It seems pretty clear (to me) that Gotze - who has 56 goals/assists in 104 games for Bayern Municj - is open to a Klopp reunion, but he'll wait to see if he figures in Carlo Ancelotti's plans. All of which is fair enough, especially given Xherdan Shaqiri's experience at Bayern.

There are clear parallels here between Gotze and Shaqiri (excellent young players who struggled to become first choice), 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".

Liverpool need genuine game-changers, but without Champions League football next season, I just don't see how the Reds will be able to attract Gotze, even with Klopp in charge.

Author: Jaimie K


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