Raphael Honigstein has suggested that Bayern Munich forward Mario Gotze could secure a reunion with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool this summer.
The 23-year-old is likely to be in demand at the end of the season, and could well consider his options outside of Bavaria.
Our friends at top Liverpool blog Empire of the Kop have the latest on the possible summer transfer move as well as all the news ahead of tonight’s FA Cup game against Exeter. Check it out below.
This one looks like it’s going to blow!
When we saw the Mario Götze to Liverpool transfer rumours late last night we took them with as big a pinch a salt as you can expect, despite getting that giddy feeling in our bellies.
We thought we’d leave it alone until seeing that German publication Bild had actually splashed the story on their back page – claiming sources had confirmed to them that a €50m summer move was very much on the cards.
And now the reputable, respected Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein has openly backed the possibility of the switch.
Honigstein is regularly seen on ESPN and BT Sport and writes for a number of broadsheet publications.
Götze is certainly injured enough for LFC. Unlikely to come back before February. But seriously: could well happen in the summer
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) January 8, 2016
Bundesliga journalist and ex-Premier League star Jan Aage Fjortfoft also backed up the potential links, which sent Liverpool fans on Twitter into overdrive.
Mario Götze is Klopp’s “baby”. He made him a superstar. Was very sad when he left for Bayern. Great player, but hasn’t arrived at Bayern
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) January 8, 2016
Liverpool need an injection of goals into the squad, and Gotze has pedigree having scored the winning one in the 2014 World Cup final…
Klopp developed him into a superstar during his stint at Borussia Dortmund, and the pair split on very good terms when the 23-year-old chose to join Bayern Munich – where he actually hasn’t maximised his potential.
The €50m, or £37m, seems reasonable in this day and age. We can only sit tight and wait for further developments, although you can be sure Klopp will dismiss any questions on the subject with more pressing football and injury matters his current concern.