Exclusive: Liverpool’s Gotze pursuit a signal of ‘quality over quantity’ – Barnes

Liverpool will employ a “quality over quantity” approach in this summer’s transfer window, with a move for Mario Gotze a signal of the new intent, according to Anfield hero John Barnes.

The Reds have been aligned with the World Cup-winning midfielder over the course of the past few weeks, with widespread speculation suggesting that the 23-year-old is open to the idea of working under Jurgen Klopp once again – the pair were together at Borussia Dortmund.

Gotze, given his record at club and international level, represents a significant hike in terms of quality of signing for Liverpool, who have been criticised for their vast level of business across the last two summers.

The likes of Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, Mario Balotelli and Adam Lallana have all been signed for big fees with varying levels of success, as the club have slipped away from their near title win in 2013/14.

And TitanBet brand ambassador, Barnes, thinks that this window under Klopp will be a case of “quality over quantity”, even if Gotze evades Liverpool’s grasp:

“I think they are going to go for quality over quantity, regardless of whether they get Gotze or not.” He said.

“Of course Gotze is a very, very good player, even if he plays in a position that Liverpool don’t need to significantly strengthen.

“Liverpool are at the stage now that if any quality player becomes available, they should go for him.

“Even if they play in a position they don’t need, if they have the quality to improve the team it makes sense.”

Barnes went on to claim that he trusts Klopp’s judgement on the types of players needed:

“Klopp knows the kind of players he wants.

“[Joel] Matip may not have been an obvious choice, but I think that he’ll be a good signing.

“I know that Liverpool are not going to get the players Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich want, so the players they’ll get are the ones Klopp knows and are realistic.

“I trust Klopp to make the right decision.”

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