Liverpool done chasing Jurgen Klopp’s star pupil

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may have a soft-spot for Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze, but he doesn’t have the patience to see if he becomes available and has stopped the pursuit of his former superstar.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Klopp believes that the combination of Divock Origi, Danny Ings and summer-signing Sadio Mane will give him sufficient firepower to pursue the club’s objectives this season. As a result, he is ending the club’s chase for his former Borussia Dortmund superstar.

Dortmund gave Gotze his big break at the senior level under Klopp back in the 2009-10 season. Gotze won the Golden Boy award in 2011 while leading the team to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the Champions League Final in 2013. After the loss to Bayern Munich in the 2013 Final, he joined the Bundesliga rivals.

Injuries and weak play plagued Gotze this past year as he made just 11 starts for Bayern Munich across all Bundesliga competitions, though he still contributed to the tune of three goals and four assists.

Gotze scored the lone goal for Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup win over Argentina.

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