Liverpool legend Jan Molby has endorsed Jurgen Klopp’s bid to bring German international Mario Gotze to Anfield.
The former wonderkid has struggled for fitness and form since leaving his native Dortmund for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, and rumours about a summer switch to Merseyside continue to gather pace.
“Three years ago when he left Borussia Dortmund, there wasn’t a club in the world that wouldn’t have taken Mario Gotze,” he said (via official site).
“Things haven’t progressed quite as quickly as we expected since – although he has scored a World Cup final winner in that time! – but if Liverpool can get him in the summer, they’ll be acquiring a top class talent.
“It can be hard at Bayern Munich. It’s a winning machine, like Liverpool in the 1970s and 80s, and if you don’t do it for a few games then they’ll bring in someone else. Gotze’s had injuries and he’s had dips in form, and he’s lost his way slightly.
“But Klopp has had him firing before. At Dortmund he was irresistible. You can say it would be a gamble if Liverpool were to get him, but he’s 23, and has massive ability.
“You can never have too many good attacking players in your squad. That’s what wins you games.”
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Gotze has started just five league games all season, scoring one goal. In his first season in Bavaria he started 20 games, and last season he started 28 times.
Some fans have questioned the wisdom of bringing in an injury-prone and out of form player but, as Molby says, three years ago he was one of the hottest properties in world football. Most clubs would still jump at the chance of having him in their squad.
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