Liverpool’s pursuit of Mario Gotze doesn’t really seem like ending any time soon. Jurgen Klopp seems keen to continue his relationship with the player that he helped make his name at Borussia Dortmund and it might just be a match made in heaven, even though the playmaker himself has hinted that he may be staying at the Allianz Arena.
For all the hype around Klopp this season, an eighth placed league finish, a defeat in the Europa League final and rather inconsistent form has left many slightly underwhelmed. The impressive performances had Liverpool fans dreaming of next year being their year, but the second half display in the Europa final against Sevilla shows just how much needs to be done.
Investment is guaranteed this summer and Klopp must be tempted by Gotze. The midfielder has been out of favour for much of his time at Bayern Munich and perhaps a kick-start is just what he needs. Would a move to Anfield be perfect for everyone?
We give you FIVE reasons Gotze should move to Liverpool…
Everyone loves a story of reunification. Jurgen Klopp and Mario Gotze working together again would not only be a beautiful site for Liverpool fans, but it would surely be of overall benefit to Gotze’s career.
The success of the pair when together at Borussia Dortmund will give Klopp and Gotze plenty to reminisce about, too.
Liverpool play a style of football that caters to players like Gotze. In a squad that includes Adam Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, Gotze could even function as a false nine.
Whether they opt to play a natural striker or not, Gotze would surely be tempted by all the talent in the current Liverpool squad.
Bayern Munich’s attacking ranks might be the most healthy in world football. Gotze has never really become an integral part of the team and that will become yet harder with the arrival of Renato Sanches.
A move makes plenty of sense for Gotze, whilst Thomas Muller, Douglas Costa, Arjen Robben and others have blocked his path at Bayern, he would arrive at Liverpool as a star. Already a far more renowned player than any other attacking option at the club, he’d surely be first choice from the off.
Klopp has changed his approach to the game slightly since taking over at Liverpool, but the fundamentals of his game are still there. The high pressing is still present, the swift transitions are still key and the team has a generally similar approach.
Gotze knows what Klopp expects and would not have the usual bedding in period upon his Liverpool arrival. The demands of the Premier League might be tough, but tactically he would slot in just fine.
Injuries and inconsistent selection have meant that Gotze has stagnated somewhat at Bayern. Pep Guardiola largely favoured other players in Gotze’s role and often used the German in different positions.
Having been a certainty to play from a central position whilst with Dortmund, Gotze has seen his role change. He needs to develop over the next couple of seasons and that will require a manager placing faith in him to play a specific role. Who better to do that than Jurgen Klopp…