The Mario Gotze to Liverpool rumours are ramping up, and today Jan Aage Fjortoft joined the party.
The Norwegian used to play for Swindon in the Premier League (bagging 13 goals in 17 games during one hot streak), but is more known now as a German football expert.
Today he claimed that Pep Guardiola’s decision to leave Gotze out at the weekend during Bayern’s 1-0 win over Cologne will further irritate the World Cup winning playmaker.
What’s more, Fjortoft reckons Gotze’s relationship with Jurgen Klopp from their time at Borussia Dortmund will provide the 23-year-old a way out, and claims further evidence being that if Bayern’s incoming boss Carlo Ancelotti wanted to keep him, a new contract would’ve been offered.
Guardiola changed his team on 4 positions today. Mario Götze still on the bench 90 mins for Bayern. Hello England! Be prepared
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) March 19, 2016
Klopp is Götze’s “father” – Hey son! I will make you great and happy again. Join me at Anfield. — Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) March 19, 2016
If Ancelotti says to him: You’re my man!
Bayern have not yet offered him an extension (contract up 2017)
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) March 21, 2016
If Fjortoft isn’t reliable enough, BBC’s Ben Smith confirmed the interest as well. (It’s odd how exciting transfer news often breaks after a miserable defeat!)
Benteke among those who’ll be made available in summer. Mignolet not guaranteed No 1. #LFC still interested in Götze, Udinese’s Zielinski
— Ben Smith (@BSmith) March 20, 2016
Before we can worry about slotting Gotze into an already packed attacking midfield, we need to navigate our way through this season – and hopefully past his old club Dortmund in the Europa League!
Yesterday’s loss makes our chances of a top four finish very, very slim – so winning the Europa League remains our best chance of securing Champions League qualification.