Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Mario Götze has struggled to establish himself in the first team under Pep Guardiola, and is now reportedly being targeted by former manager Jürgen Klopp
Germany international Mario Götze made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund under Klopp, rising rapidly through the club’s ranks to become a key figure in their success under the current Liverpool FC manager.
His move to rivals Bayern Munich has not been forgiven by Dortmund fans still, and although he has achieved success with the Bavarian giants, it has come at the cost of a guaranteed spot in the first team. The arrival of Douglas Costa has made matters worse for the 23-year-old, who has since been linked to moves away from the club.
According to German daily BILD (via ESPN FC), Götze is the player Klopp wants from the Bundesliga more than anybody else. The attacker is out of contract at the end of next season, and with renewal talks reportedly not even underway yet, speculation regarding his future is likely to increase.
It would take €50 million to prise Götze away from Bayern Munich, but any potential move is also affected by the fact that the Bundesliga champions will have a new manager in Carlo Ancelotti at the start of next season.
Götze would be a great signing, but Liverpool FC have other priorities
Although there is no doubt that a player of Götze’s quality would improve Liverpool FC, Klopp arguably has other areas he needs to address on a priority basis. Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has shown himself to be less than-reliable on more than one occasion this season, and an upgrade in that position is probably needed.
Despite the signing of 19-year-old Marko Grujić, the Reds need a central midfielder — possibly a specialist defensive midfielder — who could act as the long-term replacement to Lucas Leiva. Finally, a quality centre-back may also be necessary as a partner for Mamadou Sakho. Klopp made wholesale changes to his Dortmund squad in his first window after taking over at the club, and it will be interesting to see how Liverpool FC’s squad will shape up ahead of the next season.