Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Mario Gotze and Mats Hummels Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 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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Bayern Munich playmaker Mario Gotze has reportedly already decided that he wants to join Liverpool this summer.

That's according to Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror, who suggested the player is keen to link up with his former manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Germany international has found minutes difficult to come by at the Allianz Arena under manager Pep Guardiola, prompting a succession of links to the Reds. According to Mullock, the midfielder feels that his former boss Klopp “can help him reignite a career that has stalled.”

Although he’s not currently the flavour of the month in Bavaria, Gotze is a special talent. Here is a look at some of his best moments for former club Borussia Dortmund, where he shone under the guidance of the Liverpool boss:

With Carlo Ancelotti set to take over from Guardiola at the end of the season, there may well be a chance for the 23-year-old to make a fresh start at Bayern. However, Bleacher Report’s Clark Whitney feels as though Gotze has been treated poorly by the German champions and will seek a transfer regardless:

If his mind is already set on a move elsewhere, it’ll be intriguing to see just how much the midfielder is utilised by Guardiola, especially with Bayern still in the hunt for three trophies this season. Already Gotze is finding minutes tough to come by, and a lack of focus will do little to assist his case for a starting berth.

Anfield could well be the perfect environment for Gotze to recapture his best form. Klopp is a clear admirer of the player, and he would be handed a key role in this Reds side. With consistent minutes and a consistent position in the team, gradually we’d start to see the very best from this super talent once again.


Reds in Battle for Mats Hummels

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 20:  Mats Hummels of Dortmund reacts during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund at SGL Arena on March 20, 2016 in Augsburg, Germany.  (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images)
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Klopp reportedly wants to lure his former player Mats Hummels to Anfield, although it’s said he’ll face competition from both Chelsea and Manchester City for the Borussia Dortmund star.

According to Colin Mafham of the Sunday Express, all three clubs were keeping a close eye on the defender during Germany’s clash with England on Saturday, in which Hummels started. And it’s suggested in the piece that the Reds could well have the edge on their divisional rivals in pursuit of the player.

“As it stands, a guaranteed first-team place at Anfield with his old mentor, rather than a possible stand-in role at Manchester City, would probably be the 28-year-old German's first choice,” writes Mafham. “Chelsea's absence from any European competition next season is likely to make Stamford Bridge Hummels' third one if Borussia decide to take the financial bait.”

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 22:  Jurgen Klopp the manager of Borussia Dortmund speaks with Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund prior to kickoff during UEFA Champions League Group D match between Galatasaray and Borussia Dortmund at Turk Telekom Arena on Octo
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Hummels established himself as one of the top centre-backs in European football under the guidance of Klopp. Here is a look at what he can offer: 

The Germany international is a player that’d bring something completely new to the base of this Liverpool team. While he’s a fine stopper, a forceful tackler and dominant in the air, Hummels relishes the role of being a defensive talisman. He leads by example and would be a superb focal point for a Reds defence that often looks to be without leadership.

As these figures from illustrate, Hummels is also an extremely composed operator with the ball at his feet: 

Of the trio of teams aforementioned, City may pose the biggest competition if they are indeed interested. Their next manager, Guardiola, will want a cool head at the back, and according to Mafham, he wants Hummels to replace the perennially injured Vincent Kompany in his side. 

With his contract set to expire at the end of next season, Dortmund may view the upcoming window as the right time to cash in, and if they do, the player has an intriguing decision to make.

The chance to work under an illustrious coach like Guardiola and take on a new challenge would be enticing, although the familiarity of Klopp would also surely appeal to the defender.