Liverpool have opened talks with Borussia Dortmund for German midfielder Mario Götze, reports the Mirror.
It would seem that the Reds still hold a keen interest in the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner, despite missing out on him last summer. Götze joined Dortmund from Bayern Munich last year, following a period of intense speculation linking him with a reunion with former manager Jürgen Klopp.
The sole reason behind the Liverpool boss’ failed attempt is understood to be a lack of Champions League football, something which his current side still boast, but with Klopp’s side well in with a chance to qualify for Europe’s elite competition in this season’s Premier League top-four campaign, the German is reportedly still interested in bringing Götze to Merseyside.
The 24-year-old has struggled to replicate the great form he initially displayed in his first spell at Dortmund, making just nine league appearances and scoring only once. The Signal Iduna Park outfit will reportedly demand a fee in the region of £20 million for Götze – the exact price they paid to Bayern for him last summer.
The timing of this news, more than anything else, is perhaps what makes it quite significant, as just hours before it was reported, Liverpool boss Klopp revealed to the Liverpool Echo that the club have already entered talks with external parties over summer transfers.
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“We are in talks with different people – players, agents, all that stuff,” Klopp told the Liverpool ECHO.
“Not a lot of decisions have been already made at this point. Why should they at this stage?
“But we are on the way. At the end, I’m sure we will have a really good squad.
“We already have a good squad and a few more good players will make it even better. There’s a good base.”
Whether or not one of those “different people” are connected to Götze remains unknown but Reds fans could, this time, just afford to get a little – and I do mean only a little – excited.
That being said, former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley believes that Liverpool should resist the opportunity to sign Götze.
He said, “This is a difficult one.
“I think with [Sadio] Mané, [Philippe] Coutinho, [Roberto] Firmino, are Liverpool going to squeeze him in or put [someone else] on the bench?
“This is not a priority for Liverpool. I’m going to say [it won’t happen] but not because I don’t like the player.
“If he’s a replacement then possibly, but not just to come in and dump one of their other players to the bench.”
The widespread opinion is that if Götze didn’t want to join Liverpool last summer then it wouldn’t make much sense to sign him 12 months later. Despite the history between Klopp and Götze, is there any point signing players who don’t want to play for the club over anyone else?