Anfield boss targets German international.
It’s understood that Liverpool have made a formal inquiry into the availability of Bundesliga playmaker, Mario Gotze.
Gotze has been linked with countless European clubs for the past year but nothing has materialized as of yet.
The 19 year-old broke on to the scene 18 months ago, as he made a name for himself as a passer of the highest quality and earning a Germany call up as a result.
Last season was the midfielder’s best as he became an integral part of the Borussia Dortmund team that won the club’s first Bundesliga title in nine years.
The youngster has started the 2011-12 campaign on the same note too, scoring one and assisting twice in the 3-1 season opening win over Hamburg.
German newspaper, Bild, have reported that Liverpool are prepared to make a move in the coming transfer windows before any other club pounces on his signature.
The valuation of Gotze has varied over recent months, but given his consistent form, the sum is thought to be around £30m.
Kenny Dalglish has been handed a great deal of funds for new players in 2011, totalling over £100m, and it seems quite plausible that Liverpool’s owners would be willing to fund a move for Borussia Dortmund youngster Mario Gotze, but would such a move be successful?
Well clearly if come January or the close of the season Liverpool have secured a Champions League qualification slot then such a move becomes more likely though Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly stated his desire to keep the young German international.
Dalglish may well see Gotze as a long term successor to Steven Gerrard, and given the Liverpool hero’s recent injury concerns such a signing may be needed sooner rather than later, and the goalscoring teenage midfielder may be the right man for just such a job.
Gotze had a breakthrough season last term, notching up over 40 appearances and netting 8 goals and 15 assists in all competitions and helping his side to their first Bundesliga triumph in just under a decade and a number of Europe’s elite are said to be keen on the starlet who is now a regular in Joachim Low’s international plans.
Whilst Liverpool brought in the likes of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam to boost the club’s midfield options they also lost Raul Meireles and are likely to offload Alberto Aquilani on a permanent basis and therefore the addition of the young German would make a great deal of sense.