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Liverpool Increasingly Confident Of Landing £20m German Star

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 27: Mario Goetze of Muenchen looks on before the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Muenchen at Volkswagen Arena on February 27, 2016 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool revolution might become more star-studded if reports on Monday night/Tuesday morning are to be believed.

The ever-reliable Paul Joyce of the Daily Express is reporting that the Anfield club are becoming ever more confident that Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Götze will arrive at the club in the summer, possibly for as low a fee as between £15-20million.

The 2014 World Cup winner has been suffering from injury problems for most of the season at Bayern, but even while fit he faces a massive task in reclaiming his role from the myriad of players that have overtaken him in the meantime.

Götze’s apparent availability for such a relatively low fee stems from the fact that his contract expires in the summer of 2017 – and rather than discuss his role in under incoming Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti, he would rather cut his ties with the Bundesliga champions and move to England.

For Götze, the lure of working with Klopp once again, having enjoyed such a strong relationship at Dortmund, would be a massive draw. The report alleges that he has already said privately that he wants to rejoin Klopp at his new club, though any transfer would likely have to wait until after Germany’s involvement in the upcoming European Championships.

NUREMBERG, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Juergen Klopp of Dortmund hugs Mario Goetze during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Nuernberg and Borussia Dortmund at Easy Credit Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The happiest and most productive period of Götze’s career thus far has come under Klopp at Dortmund – his performances were vital in winning two Bundesliga titles and reaching the 2013 Champions League final. A €37 move to the Allianz Arena three years ago, while it has not been completely unsuccessful, injuries and indifferent form have meant that he has not nailed down a place in Pep Guardiola’s first eleven.

Internationally, however, he will always be remembered for scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final…

If Liverpool do pull this off – particularly for such a low fee – it would represent a massive coup for a club undergoing yet another period of transition. Having a manager such as Klopp on board was always going to open many doors for the club, but prising a player from Bayern – though admittedly one who is not first choice – would still represent significant progress.

Rumoured interest from Arsenal could complicate matters but with the Gunners’ priorities elsewhere, coupled with the Klopp factor, mean that Liverpool are increasing optimistic that Götze will be joining confirmed new recruits Marko Grujić and Joël Matip in making the switch to Anfield this summer.

Götze’s international teammate, FC Köln left back Jonas Hector, has also been heavily linked recently as Klopp looks to put his stamp on the club.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.