Germany manager Joachim Low has encouraged reported Liverpool target Mario Gotze to hold discussions with Carlo Ancelotti before making a decision on his long-term future.
The midfielder has found minutes tough to come by at Bayern Munich since Pep Guardiola took over in the summer of 2013 and as such, has failed to build on the stellar potential he showcased at Borussia Dortmund from an early age. But Low thinks, with Ancelotti to replace Guardiola next season, Gotze shouldn’t rush into any decision yet.
“I had a talk with him last night about his situation at Bayern Munich, and we decided he would play against Italy in Munich next week,” said the manager, per Sami Mokbel of the MailOnline. “We had great talks about his situation, and there will of course be a new coach in Bayern next season, so the first thing he should do is talk to the new coach."
Mokbel reports that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, having overseen Gotze’s rise with BVB, is keen on bringing the player to Anfield this summer.
Despite his struggle for regular football, the raw talent of the Germany international is beyond dispute. Here is a look at what he’s capable of producing:
Gotze is a versatile attacking midfielder, able to operate in a variety of positions behind the striker. Nevertheless, with so many attacking superstars available to Guardiola, getting a consistent position in this team is difficult, with the likes of Thomas Muller, Douglas Costa, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Kingsley Coman all battling for minutes.
Still, the absence of Gotze remains odd. Bleacher Report’s Clark Whitney commented on the player’s situation at Bayern, insisting it’s peculiar that he’s not been given much game time:
Does anyone have the scoop on why Götze doesn't play? Did tons of extra training sessions last July & still is. Right attitude, yet no mins?— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) March 21, 2016
Odd how, with starters struggling & fatigued, Pep didn't give a run-out to the player he said is the most professional he's ever seen #Götze— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) March 21, 2016
Should Gotze stay at Bayern beyond this season?
Ancelotti is a manager who will have different ideas than Guardiola and may see an opportunity to tap into the potential of the former Dortmund man. If he can get the best out of Gotze, then there’s a tremendous player to be had, with awareness, intelligence and an ability to make decisive contributions in the final third, all major attributes.
There will surely be a temptation to embark on a fresh start for Gotze, though. He’s a player whose contract expires in the summer of 2017 and seems on the periphery of things at the Allianz Arena. That could change with a new manager, although the prospect of working under Klopp again will be an alluring prospect.
Jonas Hector Admits Reds Temptation
FC Koln defender Jonas Hector has stated he’s not thinking about leaving the club, although he conceded that he’d be tempted by the chance to work under Liverpool boss Klopp.
The defender is a player who continues to improve with the Bundesliga side, offering a balanced presence on the left flank in both attack and defence. In an interview with Eurosport (h/t Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror) when asked about a potential move, he was coy. Although, when Klopp’s name came up, he admitted “then I would start to think about it.”
Bleacher Report’s Sam Tighe took a look at what kind of qualities Hector would bring to the Liverpool defence:
As Richards reports, the Reds have been linked with a swoop for the 25-year-old, with the jury still out for many when it comes to current left-back Alberto Moreno. It’s said that Koln would want around £12 million for Hector, who has a contract with the club until 2018.
With those attributes aforementioned in mind, Bleacher Report’s Jack Lusby thinks the Germany international would be a savvy signing:
Left-back is an area of the Liverpool squad in which depth is undoubtedly lacking, and if they could lure Hector to the club, he’d bring different traits to the role than Moreno. For one, he’s more defensively sound, in addition to superior aerial strength and a more reliable final ball.
The comments offer an insight into the kind of pulling power Klopp is likely to have in the transfer window too. While Hector is by no means a marquee player, it’s clear the manager could well be a decisive factor in any deal, and you suspect there are plenty of footballers across the continent who will feel the same way.