Gotze pulled a dramatic U-turn on Monday, leaving his agent and committing his future to Bayern Munich—despite the club stressing on Wednesday that he should “consider” a move away.
But with Jurgen Klopp eager to secure his key transfer targets early in the summer, Liverpool are now poised to enter the race to sign Mane.
That is according to widespread reports on Thursday night, with the Saints forward heading Klopp’s list of priority targets as an alternative to his former Borussia Dortmund star.
Klopp is chasing a forward able to subscribe to his high-intensity attacking ideals, and Mane is seen as capable of operating in his current system.
Mane joined the Saints from Red Bull Salzburg in 2014, after the Reds famously turned him down over concerns with his statistical output.
The Senegalese has since proved his worth in the English top flight, and at 24, with his best years ahead of him, Klopp could see him as an ideal player to mould within his system.
Some reports suggest Jordon Ibe could be used as part of any deal with Southampton.