Jurgen Klopp wants a new goalkeeper this summer, and is interested in bringing Mario Gotze to Anfield.
Gotze has just one year left on his deal at Bayern Munich and has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League.
The 23-year-old would certainly bring some star quality to Liverpool’s squad, reuniting with Klopp – who he worked with at Borussia Dortmund until his move to Dortmund in 2013.
While Gotze has previously been reported to be keen on a move to London, the Klopp factor persuade him to move to Merseyside.
A player of Gotze’s quality wouldn’t typically come cheap, but with one year left on his contract, reports claim Liverpool will back Klopp on signing the German attacker.
Reports in several papers on Tuesday carry the news of Klopp’s interest in Gotze, plus a new goalkeeper to rival Simon Mignolet.
The news of Liverpool’s desire to bring in a new goalkeeper will reassure those supporters who feel the club need to upgrade Mignolet – who would likely leave the club, rather than stay around as second choice.
The Reds are also said to be looking to sign Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski – the 21-year-old plays in Serie A at Empoli, on loan from Udinese.
It’s reported that the club attempted to sign Zielinski in January and will look to revive their interest in the summer – a deal that could involve Jerome Sinclair heading to Watford, as Udinese are owned by the Watford owner, Giampaolo Pozzo.
Another name on the club’s radar is Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell – adding competition for Alberto Moreno.
Reports suggest Klopp “will have more resources than any of his Anfield predecessors when he comes to revamp the underperforming squad at the end of the season.” Although that is mostly due to the new TV deal money.
The Reds have already signed Joel Matip and Marko Grujic for next season, while attacking midfielder Lazar Markovic will return from loan at Fenerbahce to boost Klopp’s options.
Meanwhile, a host of players are to leave the club; namely Adam Bogdan, Jose Enrique, Joao Teixeira, Joe Allen and Kolo Toure.
All those players were named on our list of 21 players who could leave the club this summer.
By offloading high profile misfits like Mario Balotelli and Christian Benteke – who turned down interest from China in January – Liverpool can easily finance deals for players such as Gotze.