Mario Gotze has responded to claims he is set to move to Liverpool this summer, but said contact between the two is “nothing special.”
Speaking to Sky Germany after Bayern Munich’s 5-0 win at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday evening, Gotze was questioned about reports linking him with a summer move to Merseyside.
“You should ask Jurgen,” he laughed, fuelling rumours of a reunion between the former Borussia Dortmund pair.
Gotze looks set to leave Munich at the end of the season, with the Bundesliga giants likely looking to cash in on a bit-part player entering the final 12 months of his contract.
A move to Liverpool would make sense for Gotze, providing the 23-year-old with the opportunity to revive his fortunes.
It would also see Gotze link up with the manager who kick-started his career, and in an interview with ZDF TV after Saturday’s win, the midfielder revealed he is still in contact with Klopp.
“We are texting now and again,” he said.
“He was my coach at Borussia Dortmund, but there is nothing special.”
But while the pair remain close, Gotze revealed that they were yet to discuss a possible move to Anfield at the end of the season.
Bayern are set for a change in manager this summer, with Carlo Ancelotti taking over from the Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola, shrouding Gotze’s future in further doubt.
Asked whether he could leave the Allianz Arena, Gotze insisted his decision “hinges on many factors.”
For Gotze, a move to Liverpool would be a profitable venture, with Klopp’s new side perfectly poised to restore his reputation as one of Europe’s brightest young playmakers.
Gotze’s creativity, pace and dribbling ability would make him the ideal addition on Klopp’s right flank, while the Germany international’s versatility would allow him to interchange with the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
Coutinho would no doubt attest to the positives of moving to Liverpool to reignite a flagging career.
The Brazilian has developed into one of the Premier League’s leading attackers following a move from Inter Milan in 2013, with his first-team prospects dwindling at the San Siro.
For Klopp, the possibility of Gotze linking up with Coutinho in the Liverpool attack should be too good to turn down.
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