Reliable reports on Monday night suggest Mario Gotze is preparing himself to join Liverpool this summer, in a deal worth up to £20 million.
Since Klopp’s arrival on Merseyside in October, Gotze has been considered a priority target for the summer.
As the Germany midfielder’s first-team prospects at Bayern Munich have dwindled, the likelihood of a move to Liverpool has increased, with Gotze set to enter the final year of his contract this summer.
According to reliable reports from the Express‘ Paul Joyce, Gotze is “ready to move to Liverpool,” after privately indicating “he wants to play again for Klopp.”
Furthermore, compounding this emphatic breakthrough, Gotze is said to be available for between £15 million and £20 million this summer.
Liverpool are now believed to be “increasingly confident” of securing a deal, which would make Gotze the most high-profile signing of Klopp’s spell in charge at Anfield so far.
Gotze would join Marko Grujic and Joel Matip on Merseyside this summer, and can expect to join Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge in Klopp’s first-choice attacking line.
Back in February, Klopp underlined the need to sign quality on the flanks this summer, saying “we have enough strikers—five with Roberto—but not too many wingers, just a few young ones with great potential.”
Gotze would likely move ahead of Adam Lallana and James Milner in the pecking order on the right flank, while Jordon Ibe could be pushed further down in Klopp’s thinking.
He is also capable of operating in the No. 10 role, or as an auxiliary striker.
The 23-year-old is a World Cup winner with Germany, as well as boasting four Bundesliga titles and a Champions League runner-up medal.
Two of those titles came under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, and it is likely the 48-year-old relationship with the midfielder that has boosted chances of a move to Liverpool this summer.
Gotze would be a major marquee signing for the Reds, and a real statement of intent from Klopp.