Liverpool Transfer News: Mario Gotze Comments on Reds Rumours, Jurgen Klopp

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2016

MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 04:  Mario Goetze of Bayern Muenchen runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund at Allianz Arena on October 4, 2015 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)
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Mario Gotze has done little to dispel rumours he could be set to reunite with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool after saying he still texts the Reds boss, and Klopp is the one to talk to regarding the links.

Per ESPN FC's Stephan Uersfeld, he told ZDF TV on Saturday: "We are texting now and again. He was my coach at Borussia Dortmund, but there is nothing special."

When asked about the rumours, he told Sky Deutschland (h/t the Daily Star's Jonathan Green): "You should ask Jurgen."

However, he did confirm the two have not personally discussed the possibility of him joining Liverpool, according to Uersfeld.  

His response is reminiscent of the one he gave to a similar question back in January, per Bleacher Report UK's Jack Lusby:

Hector Andreu of Spanish outlet Fichajes (h/t Green) reported Klopp has requested Liverpool's board pursue his capture in the summer, and the Reds could be set to bid £31.5 million to land him.

Gotze's future is open to speculation as Bayern are reportedly snubbing him while renewing the contracts of their other stars, per German outlet TZ (h/t football writer Dave O'Connell):

Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein believes there is a realistic chance the midfielder arrives at Anfield this summer:

The 23-year-old has spent much of the current campaign out with an injury, but he played 54 minutes on Saturday in his first outing since October. Prior to his lengthy spell on the sideline, he managed four goals and two assists in 11 appearances.

Though his injury this season could not be helped, the playmaker's time at Bayern Munich has been characterised by a slight sense of underachievement.

While 34 goals and 22 assists in 104 appearances is a fairly impressive return, for a player of Gotze's talent and in the team he plays for—who regularly dispatch teams by three, four or five goals—those tallies should be somewhat higher. He hasn't been able to impose himself on games in the same way he did at Borussia Dortmund.

Gotze was exceptional under Klopp with BVB, where he would dictate the play with his sublime passing and served as one of the primary creative forces in the team.

Reuniting with Klopp could bring out the best in him once more. Lusby welcomes the idea, though his arrival could push Roberto Firmino out wide:

If the pair and Philippe Coutinho can find a way to play alongside each other behind a striker as prolific as Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool could become a real force to be reckoned with in the Premier League.

Gotze is sure to attract plenty of interest if he leaves Bayern this summer, but Klopp could provide Liverpool the edge over their competitors in the transfer market.