Liverpool fans lost the plot yesterday as multiple reports of an eventual transfer offer for Mario Gotze began circling.
Respected German journalist Raphael Honigsteign claimed a move ‘could happen’, after Bild said Jurgen Klopp had made the World Cup winning playmaker a primary €50m summer target.
Götze is certainly injured enough for LFC. Unlikely to come back before February. But seriously: could well happen in the summer
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) January 8, 2016
Sky Sports have moved quickly to get a response from the uber-talented 23-year-old. Gotze’s comments certainly do not rule out a potential future move to anyone, and like all ex-Borussia Dortmund players – he was full of praise for Jurgen Klopp – surely the key to any Liverpool transfer.
“I know Jurgen Klopp well,” said Gotze, out injured since October. “I’ve worked under him. He is a very good coach, definitely.
“It’s all open, how to proceed after the season. I have a contract until 2017, but of course, it is important how the new coach feels about me.
“I have not really given my future much thought recently because of my injury, but everything is open as things stand. It all depends on the plans of the club and the new coach.”
Carlo Ancelotti is taking over from Pep Guardiola in summer 2016, with the Spanish coach heading to the Premier League. There’s no reason why the incoming Italian would have a problem with Gotze, but the player has at least left the situation up in the air.
Now though, it’s probably important Liverpool fans don’t get their hopes up and concentrate on the players currently available to us.
We’ve a string of January fixtures to concentrate on with a massively depleted squad, made trickier by our draw with Exeter in the FA Cup last night.