Jurgen Klopp has been in contact with Mario Gotze, but not because of a potential summer transfer.
The German, a key target last summer, has recently been diagnosed with metabolic disturbances and been told by doctors to take an indefinite break from the game.
He’s only featured nine times for Borussia Dortmund, the team he rejected us for, and is unlikely to play again this season – with quiet doubts emerging surrounding his long-term future in the game full stop.
“We have exchanged messages,” Klopp told a press-conference today before Liverpool’s fixture with Arsenal. “Now he knows the diagnosis, he needs to work on it and with it.”
We were gutted when we missed out on the World Cup winner last summer, but based on this campaign, Gotze is on his decline despite being aged just 24.
Fitness is a real issue, as is the fact he lacks any real speed is making him a less effective playmaker than when he burst onto the scene five or six years back.
Still, we really hope he recovers and gets back playing. At his best, he’s a special talent, even if he is now unlikely to ever play for us.