In Focus: Mario Gotze provides Liverpool with an interesting conundrum

Liverpool’s annual links with a move for Mario Gotze have once again reared their heads, this time from Goalwho have a slightly different spin on them this time, it seems.

What’s the story, then? 

Considering the German’s history with Jurgen Klopp, the World Cup winner has frequently been touted as a potential signing at Anfield as the former Borussia Dortmund coach looks to further stamp his mark on the Kop.

Still, this report has suggested that, while Klopp believes he can help the 24-year-old realise his potential, he is not thought to be a priority on Merseyside. Though he is said to have been one last summer, the development of the Reds’ new side has lowered Gotze’s stock somewhat.

Last summer, when he left Bayern Munich, he is believed to have been offered a huge package to move to the Premier League and reunite with Klopp, though opted to move back to Dortmund, the place he started a career that really has only threatened to get off of the ground. As things stand, Gotze has been ruled out of action with ‘metabolic disturbances’ and such issues have limited him to only nine league appearances this term.

Would he fit in at Liverpool?

Well, yes. There’s little doubting the man who scored the goal to win Germany their first world title since the Berlin wall fell is one of the biggest talents in Europe when fit, and pretty much any club in the world would benefit from having him in the squad.

However, the Reds have one of the most pulsating engine rooms in the Premier League right now, with the likes of Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum crucial to their high-pressing game in central midfield berths. Though Gotze did enjoy life under Klopp in the Bundesliga using similar tactics, his injury issues aren’t likely to stand him in great stead in the Premier League.

As the Daniel Sturridge situation shows, all the talent in the world won’t see a player succeed in a philosophy that focuses on the collectiveness fitness of those deploying it.

Should Liverpool consider a deal? 

Yes, but only if it is on their terms. As we said earlier, a player of this quality would improve any squad, something that needs to be looked into deeper should Liverpool qualify for the Champions League. However, considering his rapidly dropping stock, going all out for a man who hasn’t enjoyed the best few years would be ill-advised, considering the obvious deficiencies elsewhere in the squad.